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The  history  of  Oakham  and  the  genealogy  of  some  of  its 
families  may  be  found  in  the  following  publications : 

Oakham,  by  Major  John  B.  Fairbank,  in  History  of  Worcester  County, 
Vol.  II,  pp.  157-168.  Boston,  C.  F.  Jewett  &  Company,  1879. 

Oakham,  by  Deacon  Jesse  Allen,  in  D,  Hamilton  Hurd's  History  of 
Worcester  County,  Vol.  II,  pp.  1079-1092,  Philadelphia,  J.  W.  Lewis 
&  Company,  1889. 

Biography  of  Deacon  James  Allen  of  Oakham,  Massachusetts,  by  Hiram 
Knight,  67  pp.,  Worcester,  Charles  Hamilton,  1889. 

Genealogy  and  Record  of  the  Descendants  of  Deacon  James  Dean 
of  Oakham,  Massachusetts,  by  Gardner  Milton  Dean,  29  pp.,  Boston, 
Press  of  T.  W.  Ripley,  1889. 

Stephen  Lincoln  of  Oakham,  Massachusetts.  His  Ancestry  and  Descend- 
ants, by  John  E.  Morris,  109  pp.,  Hartford,  Press  of  The  Case, 
Lockwood  &  Brainard  Company,  1895. 

The  Ancestry  of  Lydia  Foster,  Wife  of  Stephen  Lincoln  of  Oakham, 
Massachusetts,  by  John  E.  Morris,  26  pp.,  Hartford,  Press  of  The 
Case,  Lockwood  &  Brainard  Company,  1898. 

Vital  Records  of  Oakham,  Massachusetts  (Systematic  History  Fund), 
133  PP->  Worcester,  Mass.,  Published  by  Franklin  P.  Rice,  1005. 

The  Fobes  Memorial  Library  of  Oakham,  Massachusetts,  with  Historical 
Addresses  [and  sketches  of  the  Fobes  and  Fairbank  families],  by 
Henry  P.  Wright,  121  pp.,  New  Haven,  The  Tuttle,  Morehouse  & 
Taylor  Press,  1909. 

Independence  Day  in  1797  in  Oakham,  Massachusetts,  by  Henry  P. 
Wright,  17  pp.,  New  Haven,  The  Tuttle,  Morehouse  &  Taylor  Press, 

The  Crawford  Family  of  Oakham,  Massachusetts,  by  General  William 
Crawford  [edited  by  Henry  P.  Wright],  20  pp.,  New  Haven,  The 
Tuttle,  Morehouse  &  Taylor  Press,  1912. 

Soldiers  of  Oakham,  Massachusetts  [biographical  sketches  with  family 
history  of  citizens  who  have  fought  in  the  wars  of  the  nation  since  the 
founding  of  the  town],  by  Henry  P.  Wright,  280  pp.  +  index,  New 
Haven,  The  Tuttle,  Morehouse  &  Taylor  Press,  1914. 

John  French,  Jr.,  of  Taunton,  Berkley,  Middleboro,  and  Oakham,  Massa- 
chusetts, and  his  Descendants,  by  Henry  B.  Wright,  36  pp.  + 
index,  New  Haven,  The  Tuttle,  Morehouse  &  Taylor  Press,  1914. 

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/.  M.  French,  M.D.,  "William  French  of  Billerica,"  N.  E.  Hist.  &  Gen. 
Reg.,  xliv  (1890),  367-372. 

Elizabeth  French,  "Genealogical  Research  in  England — French,"  N.  E. 
Hist.  &  Gen.  Reg.,  lxv  (1911),  284-286. 

Farmer,  Register  of  the  First  Settlers  of  New  England,  113. 

Savage,  Genealogical  Register,  ii,  205-208. 

Pope,  Pioneers  of  Massachusetts,  176. 

Proprietors'  Records  of  the  Town  of  Cambridge,  Mass.,  109,  336. 

Records  of  the  Town  and  Selectmen  of  Cambridge,  29. 

Paige,  Hist,  of  Cambridge,  Mass.,  59,  254,  255,  257,  551,  552. 

N.  E.  Hist.  &  Gen.  Reg.,  iv  (1850),  55- 

Hazen,  Hist,  of  Billerica,  Mass.,  13,  27,  66,  no,  185. 
Genealogical  Register  of  Billerica,  54,  55,  56. 

Plymouth  Colony  Records,  viii,  228,  229. 

Bristol  Co.  Reg.  of  Deeds,  iii,  169,  xiii,  267,  xxvii,  128,  xxxvii,  139,  140, 
294,  xlviii,  561. 

Bristol  Co.  Prob.  Records,  i,  88,  125  =(N.  E.  Hist.  &  Gen.  Reg.,  lxii 
(1908),  345,  lxiii  (1909),  81). 

MS.  Records  of  the  French  Family  of  Taunton  and  Berkley,  Mass.,  in  the 
possession  of  Miss  Charlotte  Crane,  41  Clinton  St.,  Taunton,  Mass. 

Taunton  Town  Clerk's  Records  =  (N.  E.  Hist.  &  Gen.  Reg.,  xvii  (1863), 

Emery,  Hist,  of  Taunton,  Mass.,  93,  330,  353,  357,  397- 

Sanford,  Hist,  of  Berkley,  Mass.,  6,  53. 

Middleboro  Town  Clerk's  Records. 

Weston,  Hist,  of  Middleboro,  Mass.,  92,  93,  98. 

Plymouth  Co.  Reg.  of  Deeds,  lxiii,  253,  254,  lxix,  22,  216,  lxx,  266,  lxxiii, 
97,  lxxvii,  65. 

Massachusetts  Spy,  Sept.  10,  1794. 

MS.  Family  Records  and  other  Documents  relative  to  the  French  Family 
of  Oakham,  in  the  possession  of  Miss  Mary  A.  French  of  North 
Brookfield:  (1)  The  Genealogy  of  John  &  Mercy  French's  Family; 
(2)  A  Record  of  the  Family  of  John  &  Hadon  French,  by  either 
Mary  C.  or  Anna  Smith  French;  (3)  A  Record  of  the  Family  of 
Asa  &  Anna  (Smith)  French,  by  Ann  Smith  French;  (4)  A  Family 
Record  of  Lieut.  Asa  French  and  His  Brother  John  and  their 
Families;  (5)  Lieut.  Asa  French's  Statement  in  his  Application  for 
a  Pension,  together  with  the  Affidavits  of  John  Boyd,  John  Forbes, 
and  William  Caldwell;  (6)  Newspaper  Obituary  Notices;  (7)  Letter 
of  Asa  L.  French  to  Anson  H.  French,  Jan.  27,  1877. 

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Worcester  Co.  Reg.  of  Deeds,  lviii,  511,  cxxi,  98,  cxxix,  442,  clvi,  639, 
clxxx,  243,  cc,  217,  cciv,  454. 

Worcester  Co.  Prob.  Records  (John  French),  Oct.  4,  1823. 

Wright,  Soldiers  of  Oakham,  88,  89,  271-279. 

Oakham  Town  and  Vital  Records. 

Family  Record  of  Samuel  French  of  Craftsbury,  Vt,  copied  by  Fordyce 
S.  French,  in  the  possession  of  Mrs.  Mary  A.  Owen,  Claremont,  N.  H. 

Craftsbury  Town  Clerk's  Records. 

Bass,  Hist,  of  Braintree,  Vt.,  162. 

Letters  of  Miss  Martha  E.  French,  Lake  Forest,  111. ;  Mrs.  Martha  H. 
Raymond,  Westboro,  Mass.;  Mrs.  Charles  E.  Vrooman,  Washington, 
D.  C. ;  Augustus  F.  French,  Barton,  Vt. ;  Horace  Graham,  Crafts- 
bury, Vt. ;  Frank  O.  French,  St.  Johnsbury,  Vt. ;  A.  P.  Sessions, 
Newport,  Vt. ;  Mrs.  Mary  A.  Owen,  Claremont,  N.  H. ;  Fordyce  R. 
French,  Rochester,  N.  Y. ;  Benjamin  N.  Goodale,  Saco,  Me.;  Miss 
Anna  F.  Bell,  Pittsford,  Vt. ;  Crighton  B.  French,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.; 
Mrs.  Frances  F.  Myler,  Selby,  So.  Dak. ;   Asa  L.  French,  Tilton,  N.  H. 

In  the  case  of  a  conflict  in  dates  between  town  and  family  records,  the 
former  have  generally  been  accepted  as  final.  Where  no  town  records 
exist  and  the  conflict  is  between  two  versions  of  the  family  record,  the 
more  probable  date  is  given  first,  the  variations  following  in  parenthesis. 


Between  the  years  1635  and  1637,  two  brothers,  William  and  John  French,  crossed 
from  Europe  to  America  and  settled  in  Cambridge,  Mass.  They  may  have  come 
from  Halsted,  Essex  Co.,  England,  but  it  has  been  proved  that  they  were  not  the 
sons  of  Thomas  French  of  Stanstead  Hall.  William  arrived  in  1635,  with  Harlak- 
enden  and  Shepard,  on  the  ship  Defence.  How  or  when  John  came  is  not  now 
known,  but  his  name  does  not  occur  on  the  list  of  proprietors  of  Cambridge  in  1635, 
as  does  that  of  his  brother  William.  Two  years  later,  however,  in  1637,  it  is  found 
on  Cambridge  town  records.  Both  William  and  John  were  tailors  by  occupation  and 
practised  that  trade  in  Cambridge  for  a  number  of  years.  John  and  his  wife  died 
within  a  month  of  each  other,  in  the  year  1646,  at  Cambridge,  leaving  four — 
possibly  five — orphan  children,  who  were  brought  up  under  the  guardianship  of 
their  father's  brother  William.  When,  about  1654,  the  latter  removed  with  his  own 
large  family  to  the  settlement  of  Billerica,  in  the  founding  of  which  he  had  had  a 
prominent  part,  he  took  with  him  the  orphan  children  of  his  brother  John.  To 
these  children  the  church  in  Cambridge  had  previously  granted,  on  June  9,  1652, 
thirty  acres  of  land  in  the  new  settlement. 

The  family  history  of  the  first  of  these  brothers,  William  French  of  Cambridge, 
one  of  the  founders  of  Billerica,  has  already  been  carefully  traced  and  has  been 
printed  in  part.  Much  confusion  exists,  however,  in  genealogical  publications,  regard- 
ing the  descendants  of  William's  brother  John.  Savage  (Genealogical  Register,  ii, 
207)  states  that  John's  son  Joseph  probably  removed  to  Concord.  Paige  (Hist,  of 
Cambridge,  551)  suggests  that  John's  son  Nathaniel  died  young.  The  fact  that  the 
early  records  of  Taunton,  Mass.,  to  which  town  Joseph — and  probably  Nathaniel — came 
between  1670  and  1680,  were  destroyed  by  fire  nearly  three-quarters  of  a  century  ago, 
has  added  much  to  the  difficulties  of  identification.  But  the  will  of  Joseph  French  of 
Taunton,  made  in  1694,  on  file  in  the  records  of  the  Bristol  County  Probate  Court, 
with  its  explicit  reference  to  the  town  of  Billerica,  and  its  mention  of  all  his 
sons  born  before  1680  with  the  same  names  and  in  the  exact  order  in  which  they 
occur  in  the  Billerica  vital  records — save  for  omissions  of  children  who  died  young — 
establishes  the  fact  that  the  French  family  of  Taunton,  Berkley,  Middleboro  and 
Oakham  is  descended  from  John  French  of  Cambridge,  brother  of  William  of 
Cambridge,  one  of  the  founders  of  Billerica.  This  monograph  attempts  to  trace 
but  a  single  line  of  the  family  of  John  French  of  Cambridge  until  John  French,  Jr., 
of  Taunton  is  reached.  The  latter  was  born  in  Taunton  in  1701,  spent  his  manhood 
in  Berkley,  passed  his  later  life  in  Middleboro,  and  died  in  Oakham  in  1794.  He 
had  two  sons,  John,  3d,  and  Asa,  both  of  whom  established  families  in  Oakham, 
and  died  there.  From  them,  all  the  Frenchs  mentioned  in  this  book  subsequent  to 
John  French,  Jr.,  are   descended. 

Had  it  not  been  for  the  assistance  of  Mr.  Ezra  D.  Batcheller  of  North  Brookfield, 
Mass.,  this  monograph  would  probably  never  have  been  written.  He  guided  the 
writer  to  the  spot  where  the  key  to  the  whole  problem  lay  hidden.  Without  the 
manuscript  records  in  the  possession  of  Miss  Mary  A.  French  of  North  Brookfield, 
and  of  Miss  Charlotte  Crane  of  Taunton,  the  story  of  the  descendants  of  John 
French  could  not  have  been  traced.  Both  have  given  generously  of  their  time  and 
of  facts  which  they  alone  possessed,  at  every  stage  of  the  work. 



Taunton,   Berkley,   Middleboro,   and   Oakham, 
Massachusetts,  and  his  Descendants 

(a)  John  French,  Brother  of  William  of  Billerica,  crossed  to 
America  and  settled  in  Cambridge,  Mass.,  as  early  as  1637,  when  he  was 
granted  a  house  lot  between  the  highway  and  Mr.  Dampford's,  is  mentioned 
on  the  church  records  in  1638-9  and  1640,  and  is  on  the  list  of  proprietors 
in  Cambridge  in  1642.  He  was  a  tailor  by  occupation  and  resided  at  what 
is  now  the  southeast  corner  of  Holyoke  and  Mt.  Auburn  streets.  Two 
wives  are  mentioned:  (1)  Sarah;  (2)  Joanna.  Children:  1.  John,  b. 
about  1635.*  2.  {Mary?,  married  Theophilus  Richardson,  May  2,  1654?). 
3.  Sarah,  b.  October,  1637,  in  Cambridge;  married  John  Trull,  Dec.  11, 
1657.  4.  Joseph,  b.  April  4,  1640,  in  Cambridge.  5.  Nathaniel,  b.  June  7, 
1643,  in  Cambridge.!  Joanna  French,  the  mother,  died  in  January, 
1645-6,  and  John  French,  the  father,  died  within  a  month.t  The  children 
were  brought  up  in  the  family  of  their  uncle<  William,  first  in  Cambridge 
and  later  in  Billerica.  June  9,  1652,  the  church  at  Cambridge  granted 
30  acres  of  land  in  Billerica  to  "John  French's  children."  In  1657  the 
John  French  homestead  in  Cambridge  was  sold  by  William  French, 
administrator,  to  Robert  Browne,  "John  French,  son  &  heir  of  said  John 
French"   joining  in  the  sale. 

(b)  Joseph  French  of  Billerica  (John3-),  the  son  of  John  and 
Joanna  French  of  Cambridge,  born  April  4,  1640,  at  Cambridge,  was 
brought  up  in  the  family  of  his  uncle  William,  first  at  Cambridge 
and  later  at  Billerica.  He  married  on  Nov.  4,  1663,  at  Billerica, 
Experience  Foster,  daughter  of  Sergeant  Thomas  and  Elizabeth  Foster. 
He  lived   first   on    Golden   More's   lot,    later   east   of   the   Woburn    road 

*  Perhaps  the  John  French  who  married  Mary  Palmer  of  Rehoboth,  Nov.  27, 
1678,  had  nine  children,  Hannah,  John,  Mary,  Elizabeth,  Martha,  Samuel,  Jonathan, 
Thomas  and  Ephraim,  and  died  Feb.  25,  1724-5  (Vital  Records  of  Rehoboth,  611,  824). 

t  Perhaps  the  Nathaniel  French  who  was  in  Taunton  as  early  as  1675,  obtained 
a  grant  of  land  from  Jonah  Austin  on  Nov.  7,  1676,  married  Mary  Tisdale,  daughter 
of  John  and  Sarah  (Walker)  Tisdale  of  Taunton,  Jan.  9,  1673-6,  had  two  children, 
Nathaniel,  Jr.,  and  Sarah,  and  died  at  Taunton,  June  14.  171 1  (Plymouth  Colony 
Records,  viii,  228,  229;  Emery,  Hist,  of  Taunton,  93;  Bristol  Co.  Reg.  of  Deeds, 
iii,  169). 

t  Joanna  was  buried  Jan.  20,  and  John,   Feb.    16. 


near  Sergeant  Foster's  house.  Children,  born  at  Billerica :  i.  Joseph, 
March  25,  1667,  died  April  25,  1667.  2.  Elizabeth,  July  16,  1668;  married 
(as  his  second  wife)  James  Phillips  of  Taunton,  May  7,  1691,  and 
had  eight  children.  3.  Joseph,  Jr.,  March  7,  1669-70.  4.  John,  Jan.  30, 
1671-2.  5.  Nathaniel,  May  6,  1674.  6.  Thomas,  Feb.  29,  1675-6;  died 
before  1680.  7.  Sarah,  April  6,  1677;  died  April  14,*  1677.  8.  Jacob, 
April  26,  1678.  In  1664  Joseph  French,  the  father,  was  one  of  the  signers 
of  the  address  of  the  town  of  Billerica  to  the  General  Court,  expressing 
confidence  in  the  Government.  In  1675  he  took  an  active  part  in  King 
Philip's  War  in  Billerica,  being  assigned  to  assist  in  the  defence  of  the 
fortress  at  Sergeant  Foster's  against  the  Indians.  Between  1678  and  1680 
he  removed  to  Taunton  and  purchased  land  there  of  Mary  Evins  and 
Anna  Macomber  on  March  12,  1681.  His  home  was  in  that  part  of 
South  Taunton  where  Andrew  Coville  was  living  in  1898.  He  was  a 
member  of  the  4th  Squadron  of  the  1st  Military  Company  of  Taunton 
in  i682.f  Three  more  children  were  born  at  Taunton :  9.  Thomas,  Dec.  12, 
1680;  buried  Dec.  29,  1680.  10.  Ebeneser,  June  27,  1682.  n.  (Jo) Nathan, 
June  28,  1686.  The  name  of  Joseph  French,  Senior,  occurs  on  the  inspec- 
tion return  of  Capt.  Leonard's  Taunton  Co.  in  King  William's  War  in 
1691.  He  died  in  Taunton,  between  April  24  and  July  3,  1694.  His  wife 
Experience  was  living  in  Taunton  on  May  10,  1720. 

(c)  John  French,  Sr.,  of  Taunton  (Joseph,13  John1),  third  son  of 
Joseph  and  Experience  (Foster)  French  of  Billerica,  was  born  Jan.  30, 
1671-2,  at  Billerica.  He  came  with  his  parents  to  Taunton  between  1678 
and  1680.  His  first  wife's  name  was  Elizabeth.  Children,  born  at  Taun- 
ton :  1.  Elisabeth,  October,  1609.  2.  John,  Jr.,  May,  1701.  3.  Experience, 
September,  1705.  4.  Silence,  June,  1707.  Mrs.  Elizabeth  French  died 
July  1,  1707,  at  Taunton.  John  French,  Sr.'s,  second  wife's  name  was 
Hannah.  Children,  born  at  Taunton:  5.  Abigail,  May  25,  1711.  6.  Sam- 
uel, Dec.  3,  1714.  7.  Israel,  July  21,  1717.  8.  Hannah,  June  19,  1720.  9. 
Rachel,  April  20,  1723.  John  French,  Sr.,  was  a  farmer  by  occupation. 
He  served  in  King  William's  War  in  1692  from  Taunton.  He  was 
a  member  of  the  1st  Military  Company  of  Taunton  in  1700  and  in 
1710.  In  1735  the  south  part  of  Taunton,  in  which  he  was  living,  was 
set  off  to  form  a  part  of  the  town  of  Berkley.  He  assisted  in  the  forma- 
tion of  the  Congregational  Church  at  Berkley  on  Nov.  2,  1737,  his  name 
together  with  that  of  his  wife  Hannah  appearing  on  the  earliest  list  of 
members.  His  wife  Hannah  died  Nov.  12,  1749,  and  he  died  Sept.  6, 
1760,  both  at  Berkley. 

*  Paige,  Hist,   of  Cambridge,   552,   says  April  20. 

t  It  is  probable  that  the  Nathaniel  French  who  was  one  of  the  heads  of  families 
in  Taunton  in  1675,  and  was  in  the  3d  Squadron  of  the  same  military  company  in 
1682,   was   his   brother    (Emery,    Hist,    of   Taunton,    93,   330). 

— 7— 

i.  John  French,  Jr.,  descendant  in  the  fourth  generation  of 
John  French  who  settled  in  Cambridge  in  1637,  was  born  in 
Taunton  in  May,  1701.  He  was  the  eldest  son  of  John  French, 
Sr.,  and  Elizabeth  French  of  Taunton.  His  mother  died  when  he 
was  six  years  of  age  and  he  was  brought  up  by  his  father's  sec- 
ond wife,  Hannah.  On  the  last  day  of  February,  1731-2  (prob- 
ably shortly  before  his  marriage),  his  father,  John  French,  Sr., 
Husbandman,  deeded  to  him — John  French,  Jr.,  Husbandman — 
in  consideration  for  "the  Love,  Good  will  and  affection  which 
I  have  and  do  have  toward  my  Loving  Son,  John"  39  acres  of 
land  in  South  Taunton,  bounded  on  the  north  by  the  land  of 
Benjamin  Darling  (formerly  owned  by  James  Phillips),  on  the 
east  and  south  by  the  land  of  George  Caswell  (formerly  owned 
by  Benjamin  Crane),  and  on  the  west  by  that  of  Malachy  Hallo- 
way.  In  1735  this  property  became  a  part  of  the  newly  set- 
off town  of  Berkley.  John  French,  Jr.,  became  a  member  of  the 
church  in  Berkley  in  1738.  He  was  Selectman  in  1740.  His 
wife's  name  was  Marcy.*     Children : 

i.  Hopestill,  b.  Nov.  13,  1733,  in  Taunton ;  married  Rowland 
Gaven,  Intention,  April  1,  1769,  in  Middleboro. 

2.  ii.     John,  3D,  b.  Aug.  11,  1735,  in  Berkley. 

iii.  Mercy,  b.  Sept.  13,  1737,  in  Berkley;  married  Joseph  Turner  of 
Middleboro,  Oct.  5,  1757.  Child :  Joshua,  b.  Dec.  13,  1757,  in 
Middleboro;  he  was  brought  up  from  the  age  of  six  by  his 
uncle,  Asa  French. 

3.  iv.    Asa,  b.  Oct.  28,  1740,  in  Berkley. 

v.     Azubah,  b.  Sept.  25,  1742,  in  Berkley;    married  Ebenezer  Barden, 

Intention,  May  6,  1769,  in  Middleboro. 
vi.    Lydia,  b.  March  22,  1746-7,  in  Berkley. 
vii.  Rhode,  b.  Sept.  7,  1749,  in  Berkley;    died  young. 

On  Aug.  10,  1749,  John  French,  Jr.,  sold  30  acres  of  the 
farm  which  his  father  had  given  him  nearly  twenty  years  before, 
to  Bezaleel  Thresher  of  Taunton,  and  on  Sept.  5,  1749,  the 
remaining  10  acres  to  Nathaniel  Townsend.  It  was  then 
described  as  bounded  on  the  north  by  land  of  Nathaniel  Town- 
send  and  Widow  Rebeccah  Harvey,  on  the  east  and  south  by  that 
of  Ebenezer  Miricks,  and  on  the  west  by  that  of  Major  Thomas 
Gilbert.     Shortly  after  he  removed  with  his  family  to  Middle- 

So  spelled  in  deeds. 


boro,*  where  he  lived  till  the  year  1792,  the  latter  part  of  the 
time  in  the  family  of  his  son  John,  3d.  He  was  brought  from 
Middleboro  to  Oakham  about  1792,  when  over  90  years  of  age, 
by  his  son  John,  3d,  and  lived  there  till  his  death,  Aug.  5,  1794. 


2.  John,  3D,  (John,  Jr.1)  was  born  in  Berkley,  Mass.,  Aug. 
11,  1735,  the  son  of  John  and  Marcy  French.  He  removed  with 
his  father  to  Middleboro  in  1750.  He  married  Hayden  Shaw  of 
Middleboro,  July  24,  1766.!  She  was  born  Sept.  22,  1740. 
Children : 

i.       Rhoda,   b.    Aug.    23,    1767,    at    Middleboro;     married    Benjamin 

Green    of    Oakham,    Intention,    Nov.    22,    1793;     a    daughter 

married  a  Methodist  minister  named  Ruggles;    d.  Jan.  5,  1829, 

aged  61. 
ii.      Hannah  H.,  b.  Aug.  19,  1769,  at  Middleboro;    married   (as  his 

second  wife)    Zenas  Ripley  of  Oakham,   Intention,  June  23, 

1805;    d.  June  12,  1847,  aged  78. 
iii.     Betsey,  b.  Aug.  31,   1771,  at  Middleboro;    married  her  cousin, 

John   French,   4th,   of   Oakham    (son   of   Lieut.    Asa),   April 

25,  1804  (for  her  children  see  p.  14)  ;   d.  March  18  (11),  1855, 

aged  84,  in  North  Brookfield. 
iv.     Nancy,   b.   July  6,    1773,   at   Middleboro;     married   Woodward 

Berry  of   Stockbridge,   Vt,   February,    1801 ;    had   two   sons, 

Joseph  and  Isaac;    d.  April  28,  1850. 
4.  v.      Isaac,  b.  June  1,  1775,  at  Middleboro. 

vi.     Philena,  b.  March  5,  1777,  at  Middleboro;    married  Alvin  Lyon 

of  Braintree,   Vt.    (son  of   Robert  Lyon)    on  Jan.  20,    1807; 

d.  March  8,  1820,  aged  43,  in  Braintree. 
vii.    Abigail    (Nabby),   b.   March  6,    1779,   in   Middleboro;    married 

Arunah  Gilbert  of  Stockbridge,  Vt.,  Jan.  29,   1800;    had  ten 

*A  son  Thomas  may  have  been  born  in  Middleboro  in  1751.  An  unidentified 
Thomas  French  died  in  Oakham  in  1825,  aged  74  (Oakham  V.  R.,  120).  The 
Middleboro  records  are  singularly  silent  regarding  the  French  family.  Nine  of 
John  French,  3d's,  children  must  have  been  born  there,  and  his  wife  certainly 
died  there  in  1787,  but  there  are  no  entries  in  the  town  vital  statistics  to  confirm 
these   dates   which    are   found   in   the    family   records    (see   Appendix). 

t  An  error  in  transcribing  the  Middleboro  records  has  led  some  editors  to  assume 
that  John  French,  3d,  was  married  twice,  (1)  to  Lydia  Shaw,  on  July  24,  1764; 
(2)  to  Hayden  Shaw,  April  5,  1766.  The  correct  reading  is:  married  Hayden 
Shaw,  July  24,  1766,  intention  announced  April  5,  1766.  The  somewhat  unusual 
name   Hayden   was    incorrectly   transcribed    Lydia. 


sons,  John  French,  Linus  Shaw,  Franklin  Emerson,  Lyman 
Washburn,  Alvah  Lyon,  Joseph  Dennison,  Isaac  Barnes,  Ira 
Washington,  and  two  who  died  young;  they  lived  in  Mem- 
phis and  Manchester,  Mich.,  and  in  Cornish,  N.  Y.  Mrs. 
Abigail  Gilbert  died  Oct.  31,  1862,  aged  83. 
viii.  Sarah,  b.  May  25,  1781,  in  Middleboro;    d.  in  Middleboro,  Nov. 

4  (9),  1/83- 
ix.     Sarah  Eaton,  b.  July  9,   1785,  in  Middleboro;    married  Alvin 
Lyon    of    Braintree,    Vt.     (former    husband    of    her    sister 
Philena),  Feb.  11,  1821 ;  d.  Oct.  19,  1873,  aged  88,  in  Braintree. 

On  July  11,  1771,  John  French,  3d,  bought  of  Uriah  Samson 
of  Middleboro,  40  acres  of  land  bordering  on  Assawompsett 
Pond,  near  John  Roberson's.  On  May  6,  1784,  he  purchased  30 
more  acres  in  Middleboro  from  Rowland  Hammond  of  Plymp- 
ton,  land  which  was  formerly  the  property  of  Capt.  Ichabod 

John  French,  3d,  served  in  the  Revolutionary  War  as  a  pri- 
vate, from  the  towns  of  Berkley  and  Middleboro,  in  probably 
eight  campaigns:*  (1)  in  November,  1776,  in  Capt.  Joshua 
Wilbore's  Co.,  Col.  Ebenezer  Francis'  Regt. ;  (2)  from  Dec. 
8,  1776,  12  days  on  a  Rhode  Island  alarm,  in  Capt.  Joseph  Burt's 
Co.,  Col.  Edward  Pope's  (Bristol  Co.)  Regt.;  (3)  from  Oct. 
2,  1777,  29  days  on  a  secret  expedition  to  Rhode  Island,  in  Capt. 
James  Briggs'  Co.,  Col.  Freeman's  Regt. ;  (4)  from  Jan.  10, 
1778,  2  months  23  days  in  Rhode  Island,  in  Capt.  James  Nickols' 
(Berkley)  Co.,  of  Col.  John  Daggett's  Regt;  (5)  May  6-9, 
1778,  on  an  alarm  at  Dartmouth,  in  Capt.  John  Barrows'  Co.,  Col. 
Ebenezer  Sprout's  Regt.;  (6)  Aug.  25-Sept.  1,  1778,  9  days  in 
Rhode  Island,  in  Capt.  Ebenezer  Paull's  Co.,  Col.  John  Daggett's 
Regt.;  (7)  Sept.  6-12,  1778,  on  an  alarm  at  Dartmouth,  in  Capt. 
John  Barrows'  Co.,  Col.  Ebenezer  Sprout's  Regt. ;  (8)  on  the 
Rhode  Island  alarm  of  Aug.  1,  1780,  9  days  in  Capt.  Abner 
Bourn's  Co.,  Col.  Ebenezer  White's  Regt. 

Mrs.  Hayden  (Shaw)  French  died  in  Middleboro,  July  18, 
1787,  aged  47.  John  French,  3d,  was  living  in  Middleboro  in 
1790,  according  to  the  United  States  Census  of  that  year,  with  one 
male  over  16  years  of  age,  one  male  under  16,  and  six  females 

Mass.   Soldiers  and  Sailors  in  the  Rev.   War,  vi,  75    (15),   77   (5).  78   (3)- 

in  his  family,  besides  himself.  He  removed  to  Oakham  after 
Sept.  10,  1792,  when  he  acknowledged  a  deed  in  Middleboro, 
and  before  Nov.  22,  1793,  when  his  oldest  daughter  was  mar- 
ried to  Benjamin  Green  of  Oakham.  He  was  married  a  second 
time  to  Patty  Fitch  of  New  Braintree,  Intention,  March  26,  1797. 
She  was  born  July  25,  1750,  and  died  July  2,  1836,  aged  85,  at 
Oakham.  On  Nov.  8,  1791,  he  had  already  purchased  of  Rob- 
ert and  James  Forbes  of  Oakham  a  part  of  the  Widow  Ruth 
Forbes  farm.  In  1797  he  bought  the  William  Batt  farm  of  10 
acres  and  in  the  next  year  25  acres  of  the  John  Powers  home- 
stead. On  Oct.  11,  1809,  he  sold  his  farm  of  137  acres  to  his 
son  Isaac  and  shortly  afterward  removed  to  Stockbridge,  Vt.* 
He  returned  to  Oakham  and  purchased  the  Thomas  Conant  place 
on  Dec.  6,  1816.  John  French,  3d,  died  at  Oakham,  Sept.  11, 

3.  (Lieut.)  Asa  (John,  Jr.1)  was  born  in  Berkley,  Mass., 
Oct.  28,  1740,  the  son  of  John  and  Marcy  French.  He  removed 
with  his  father  to  Middleboro  in  1750.  He  served  in  the  French 
and  Indian  War  as  a  private,  in  Capt.  Benjamin  Pratt's  Co., 
which  was  raised  in  Middleboro  and  which  was  engaged  in  the 
campaign  in  and  about  Fort  Henry  in  the  summer  of  1757.  He 
was  then  17  years  of  age.  About  the  year  1764,  at  his  sister 
Mercy's  request,  he  took  his  nephew,  Joshua  Turner,  to  bring 
up  till  the  latter  should  be  of  age.  He  married  Anne  (or  Susan- 
nah) Smith  of  Middleboro,  Oct.  24,  1765.  She  was  born  Sept. 
29,  1745  (Aug.  21,  1736,  Nov.  28,  1737),  in  Middleboro,  and  died 
April  6,  1802,  in  Oakham.  Her  ancestors,  five  generations  back, 
came  over  from  England  in  the  Fortune,  the  ship  that  followed 
the  Mayflower  in  the  following  June.  Sept.  6,  1768,  he  pur- 
chased of  Jonathan  Bullard  of  Oakham,  for  £60,  143  acres  of 
land  in  the  northerly  part  of  Lot  No.  19  in  Oakham,  Mass.,  on 
which  he  lived  till  his  death.  The  place  was  later  known  as  the 
Charles  Clark  place.  He  removed  from  Middleboro  to  Oak- 
ham with  his  family  in  1769.     Children: 

*  In  Bass,  Hist,  of  Braintree,  Vt.,  162,  where  reference  is  made  to  the  marriage 
of  his  daughter  Philena  to  Alvin  Lyon,  he  is  spoken  of  as  John  French  of  Stock- 
bridge,    Vt.,    formerly    from    Massachusetts. 

— II — 

5.  i.      Samuel,  b.  Oct.  3,  1766,  in  Middleboro. 

ii.  Susanna,  b.  Feb.  22  (23),  1769,  in  Oakham;  married  (as  his 
second  wife)  Samuel  Brewer  of  Spencer,  April  5,  1810,  who 
was  born  Feb.  13,  1758,  and  died  July  23,  1840.  Child :  Samuel 
Snow,  bapt.  May  14,  1815.  Mrs.  Susanna  Brewer  died  Sept. 
20  (4),  1850,  aged  81. 

6.  iii.  John,  4TH,  b.  Dec.  16,  1771   (1772),  in  Oakham. 

iv.  Bathsheba,  b.  Feb.  17,  1774,  in  Oakham;  married  (1)  (as  his 
second  wife)  Philo  Sanford  of  Medway,  April  28,  1835;  he 
died  in  September,  1835.  She  married  (2)  Daniel  Moulton  of 
Spencer,  July  28,  1836.  She  died  in  West  Brookfield,  July  28, 
1869,  aged  95  yrs.  5  mos.  ir  days. 

7.  v.    Asa,  Jr.,  b.  March  17,  1777,  in  Oakham. 

When  Captarh  Crawford  of  Oakham  called  for  soldiers  after 
the  Lexington  alarm  at  the  end  of  April,  1775,  Asa  French 
equipped  and  sent  his  nephew,  Joshua  Turner,  in  his  own  place. 
The  latter  served  eight  months,  from  May  2  to  December,  1775, 
in  Capt.  Hazeltine's  Co.,  Col.  Fellows'  Regt.  He  then  reen- 
listed  for  one  month  more  in  Capt.  Barnes'  Co.,  Col.  Ward's 

Asa  French  was  elected  Second  Lieutenant  of  the  8th  (Oak- 
ham) Company  when  the  Fourth  Worcester*  County  Regiment 
of  Massachusetts  Militia  was  organized  at  Brookfield,  May  14, 
1776.     His  commission  was  dated  May  31,  1776. 

He  was  sent  with  a  detachment  of  10  men  from  Oakham  to 
Dobb's  Ferry,  Tarrytown  and  North  Castle,  N.  Y.,  in  Capt. 
Abner  How's  Co.,  Col.  James  Converse's  Regt.,  in  1776;  term 
of  service,  Sept.  19-Nov.  16.  He  was  made  Second  Lieuten- 
ant of  the  Company,  and  when  Capt.  How  and  First  Lieut. 
Joseph  Packard  both  left  for  home  on  account  of  illness,  the 
command  of  the  Company  devolved  upon  him.  The  Company 
was  discharged  at  White  Plains  on  Nov.  16,  and  the  pay-roll 
is  signed  by  him  as  Commandant.* 

In  September,  1777,  during  the  absence  of  Capt.  Crawford 
from  Oakham  on  military  service,  he  and  Lieut.  Bothwell  raised 
a  company  of  between  10  and  20  volunteers  from  the  town  to 
reinforce  General  Gates  at  the  Northward  in  anticipation  of  the 
invasion  of  General  Burgoyne.     They  joined  Capt.  Cutler's  Com- 

Wright,   Soldiers  of  Oakham,   274,   275,   276. 


pany  of  Col.  Stone's  Regt.  and  General  Fellows'  Brigade,  serv- 
ing from  Sept,  14  to  Oct.  18  (32  days).  The  company  marched 
to  Bennington  on  what  was  known  as  the  Stillwater  campaign. 
Lieut.  French  served  as  Sergeant  on  this  occasion.  The  com- 
pany was  discharged  at  Fort  Edward. 

Oct.  15,  1779,  Capt.  Crawford,  Lieut.  Bothwell  and  Lieut.  Asa 
French,  who  had  already  served  the  Oakham  company  as  offi- 
cers more  than  three  years,  asked  the  town  to  relieve  them  from 
further  service.  This  request  the  town  at  first  granted,  but  on 
Oct.  25  reconsidered  its  action  and  asked  the  three  to  remain. 
They  were  prevailed  upon  to  do  so,  and  continued  in  office  till 
the  close  of  the  war.  Asa  French  taught  in  the  schools  of  Oak- 
ham. He  was  Selectman  of  Oakham  five  different  years,  in 
1777,  1782,  1783,  1786,  and  1797.  In  1786  he  subscribed  £4 
toward  building  a  house  for  Father  Tomlinson,  to  be  paid  in 
boards,  braces,  etc. 

After  the  death  of  his  first  wife  in  1802,  he  married  Thank- 
full  (Bangs)  Thrasher,  originally  of  New  Salem  (widow  of 
William  Thrasher  of  New  Braintree),  Intention,  Sept.  II,  1803. 
She  died  Feb.  18,  1806,  in  Oakham.  He  was  again  married  to 
Abigail  Stone*  of  Oakham,  Intention,  Oct.  5,  1806.  She  was 
born  in  July,  1750,  and  died  July  4,  1825.  Lieut.  Asa  French 
died  at  Oakham,  Dec.  3,  1832,  aged  92. 


4.  Isaac  (John,  3d,2  John,  Jr.1)  was  born  in  Middleboro, 
June  1,  1775,  the  son  of  John  and  Hay  den  (Shaw)  French.  He 
removed  with  his  father  to  Oakham  soon  after  1792.  He  mar- 
ried Catherine  Davis  of  Oakham,  Jan.  14,  1809  (1808).  She 
was  born  Feb.  25,  1786,  daughter  of  Deacon  Samuel  and  Kath- 
erine  (Smith)  Davis.  After  the  death  of  her  husband  in  1826, 
Catherine  (Davis)  French  lived  in  Oakham  until  Dec.  26,  1850; 
when  she  was  married  a  second  time  (as  his  third  wife)  to  Enoch 
Goodale  of  Saco,  Me.  She  died  Jan.  21,  1858,  at  Saco,  Me., 
aged  72  years.     Children: 

Two    family    records    read   Abigail    Stone    Williams. 


i.  and  ii.  Twins  (unnamed),  died  a  few  days  after  birth,  1808. 

8.  iii.     Charles,  b.  Feb.  3,  181 1,  at  Oakham. 

iv.  Nancy  Davis,  b.  Aug.  10,  1813,  at  Oakham;  married  Samuel  G. 
Henry,  Dec.  14,  1836,  who  was  born  in  Oakham,  Feb.  14,  1813, 
was  a  pharmacist  of  Westboro,  and  died  there  April  17,  1877. 
Children,  all  born  in  Oakham:  1.  Martha  Elizabeth,  Dec.  30, 
1837,  married  George  H.  Raymond  of  Westboro,  Nov.  2,  1864, 
who  died  in  Grand  Rapids,  Mich.,  April  26,  1904;  no  children; 
Mrs.  Raymond  resides  in  Westboro.  2.  Ellen  Maria,  June  17, 
1841,  married  William  R.  Warner  of  Westboro,  May  1,  1865, 
and  had  two  children,  Charles  Henry  and  George  Menzies ; 
Mrs.  Warner  resides  at  764  Rock  St.,  Fall  River.  3.  Charles 
Samuel,  July  2,  1844,  unmarried,  lives  in  Westboro.  4.  Mary 
Catherine,  Sept.  30,  1847,  a  teacher,  unmarried,  lives  in  West- 
boro. 5.  Frank  French,  Nov.  5,  1853,  died  March  13,  1854. 
Mrs.  Nancy  Davis  Henry  died  Nov.  13,  1853,  aged  40. 

9.  v.     Edwin,  b.  June  18,  1817,  at  Oakham. 

vi.  Caroline  Denny,  b.  Aug.  17,  1819,  at  Oakham ;  d.  April  20,  1820, 
at  Oakham. 

vii.  Catherine  Davis,  b.  Aug.  17,  1819,  at  Oakham;  d.  Dec.  28,  1840, 
at  Oakham,  of  consumption.  She  was  regarded  by  many  as 
the  most  beautiful  girl  of  her  day  in  Oakham. 

Isaac  French  lived  on  the  Cheney  Adams  place.  He  was 
Selectman  in  1805,  1806,  181 1  and  1812,  Treasurer  of  the  town 
1811-1822  inclusive,  and  was  on  the  committee  to  circulate  the 
memorial  for  peace  in  1812. 

Isaac  French  died  at  Oakham,  Oct.  4,  1826,  aged  51. 

5.  (Col.)  Samuel  (Lieut.  Asa,2  John,  Jr.1)  was  born  Oct. 
3,  1766,  in  Middleboro,  the  son  of  Lieut.  Asa  and  Anne  (Smith) 
French.  He  came  with  his  father  to  Oakham  in  1769.  He  mar- 
ried Polly  Ruggles,  July  17,  1795,  daughter  of  Timothy  Rug- 
gles  of  Hardwick,  Mass.  (later  of  Cambridge,  N.  Y.),*  and 
granddaughter  of  Edward  and  Lucy  (Spooner)  Ruggles  of 
Hardwick,  in  whose  family  she  was  brought  up.  She  was  born 
Dec.  11,  1769  (1770),  and  died  Oct.  19,  1844,  aged  75.    Children: 

*  She  must  have  been  the  daughter  of  a  first  wife,  whose  name  is  not  now 
known,  according  to  the  testimony  of  her  cousin  Anson  taken  in  the  year  1871  by 
her  son  Fordyce  S.  French.  No  mention  of  a  former  wife  occurs  in  the  Spooner 
Genealogy,  where  the  history  of  the  Ruggles  family  is  given  at  length,  neither  is 
Polly  Ruggles  mentioned  as  a  daughter  of  Timothy  Ruggles  (Records  of  William 
Spooner  of   Plymouth,    1,   236). 


io.  i.       Lyndon  Smith,  b.  Sept.  17,  1706,  in  Oakham. 

11.  ii.      Alvah  Ruggles,  b.  April  7,  1798,  in  Craftsbury. 

iii.     Mary  Spooner,  b.  April  6,  1800,  in  Craftsbury;    d.  July  9,  1808, 

in  Craftsbury. 
iv.     Anna  Adeline,  b.  April  7,  1802,  in  Craftsbury;    d.  July  27,  1825, 

in  Craftsbury. 

12.  v.      Asa  Leander,  b.  Oct.  4,  1804,  in  Craftsbury. 

13.  vi.     Samuel  Franklin,  b.  Jan.  27,  1807,  in  Craftsbury. 

14.  vii.    Fordyce  Spooner,  b.  Jan.  3,  1810,  in  Craftsbury. 

15.  viii.  Crighton  Brewer,  b.  Sept.  8,  1812,  in  Craftsbury. 

Samuel  French  removed  with  his  family  to  Craftsbury,  Vt., 
about  1796.  He  was  one  of  the  early  settlers  in  Orleans  County, 
only  one  other  township  having  been  previously  started.  He 
aided  in  the  settlement  of  a  Congregational  minister  in  1797, 
and  in  the  building  of  the  church  at  a  later  date.  He  joined  the 
church  under  the  ministry  of  Rev.  Wm.  A.  Chapin. 

Col.  Samuel  French  died  in  Craftsbury,  Sept.  28,  1854,  aged 
88,  as  the  result  of  a  paralytic  shock. 

6.  John,  4TH,  (Lieut.  Asa,2  John,  Jr.1)  was  born  Dec.  16, 
1771  (1772),  in  Oakham,  the  son  of  Lieut.  Asa  and  Anne  (Smith) 
French.  He  married  his  cousin,  Betsey  French  of  Oakham, 
April  25,  1804.  She  was  born  Aug.  31,  1771,  in  Middleboro, 
daughter  of  John,  3d,  and  Hayden  (Shaw)  French.  When  a 
baby  she  was  taken  by  her  parents  on  a  journey  on  horseback. 
Riding  on  a  pillion  with  her  mother  she  exposed  one  of  her  feet, 
which  was  badly  frostbitten.  Although  always  lame  she  cared 
for  her  home  and  from  the  amount  of  linen  in  the  possession  of 
her  descendants  must  have  done  her  share  of  spinning  and  weav- 
ing. She  was  a  tailoress  by  trade  and  was  a  familiar  figure 
going  the  rounds  of  her  customers  on  horseback  with  her  tailor's 
"goose."  She  died  in  North  Brookfield,  March  18  (n),  1855, 
aged  84.     Children: 

i.  Ann  Smith,  b.  April  22,  1806,  in  Oakham;  d.  Sept.  21,  1887,  at 
West  Brookfield,  from  the  results  of  a  broken  hip. 

ii.  Erastus  Shaw,  b.  Jan.  7,  1808,  in  Oakham;  d.  Sept.  7  (11),  1812, 
in  Oakham. 

iii.  Mary  Caldwell,  b.  May  4,  1810,  in  Oakham ;  d.  May  13,  1896,  at 
North  Brookfield. 

16.  iv.  Anson  Hadon,  b.  Aug.  6,  1813,  in  Oakham. 


b.  Sept.  17,  1796,  in  Oakham 

b.  Feb.  3,  1811,  in  Oakham 

b.  Aug.  6,  1S13,  in  Oakham 


b.  June  17,  1817,  in  Oakham 


John  French,  4th,  was  Selectman  of  Oakham  in  1813,  181 5, 
1816,  1819  and  1820.  He  purchased  3  acres  94  rods  of  land  of 
his  father  on  April  9,  1806,  and  on  Jan.  26,  1816,  added  64  acres 
more.  He  lived  on  the  Charles  Clark  place  in  Oakham,  but 
removed  to  West  Brookfield  in  1833,  and  later  to  North  Brook- 
field.    He  died  in  North  Brookfield,  Dec.  23  (25),  1854,  aged  82. 

7.  Asa,  Jr.,  (Lieut.  Asa,2  John,  Jr.1)  was  born  in  Oakham, 
March  17,  1777,  the  son  of  Lieut.  Asa  and  Anne  (Smith)  French. 
He  married  Hannah  Brimhall  of  Oakham,  Intention,  Nov.  9,  1801. 
She  was  born  June  6,  1780  (1779),  probably  daughter  of  Sam- 
uel and  Eunice  (Humphrey)  Brimhall,  and  sister  of  Jonas 
Brimhall.     She  died  Dec.  20,  1864,  aged  84.     Children: 

17.  i.      (Capt.)  Freeman,  b.  June  5,  1805,  in  Oakham. 

ii.  Eliza,  b.  May  1,  1807,  in  Oakham;  married  Horace  Bellows, 
Dec.  27,  1825,  who  was  born  Dec.  2,  1801,  in  West  Boylston, 
and  died  in  Worcester,  July  II,  1884,  a  jeweler  by  trade. 
Children:  1.  Alvah  H.,  b.  in  Oakham,  Oct.  25,  1826;  d.  Sept. 
20,  1828.  2.  Maria  W .,  b.  in  North  Brookfield,  Aug.  28,  1832; 
m.  Sept.  2,  1856,  to  Otis  H.  Blood  of  Worcester. 

18.  iii.  Cyrus,  b.  Oct.  15,  1809,  in  Oakham. 

iv.    (Infant  child),  b.  Sept.  1,  1812;   d.  Sept.  5,  1812,  in  Oakham. 

Asa  French,  Jr.,  was  in  partnership  with  Samuel  Hunt  in  1824. 
He  died  May  3  (5),  1851  (1854). 


8.  Charles  (Isaac,3  John,  3d,2  John  Jr.1)  was  born  in  Oak- 
ham, Feb.  3,  181 1,  the  son  of  Isaac  and  Catherine  (Davis) 
French.  He  taught  school  as  a  young  man  in  the  West  Brick 
school-house  in  Oakham.  He  joined  the  Oakham  church  April 
30,  1832.  Planning  to  study  for  the  ministry,  he  attended  Phil- 
lips Academy,  Andover,  during  the  year  1834,  but  then  went  west 
because  of  a  weak  throat.  He  took  up  land  in  Memphis,  Scot- 
land County,  Missouri,  and  transferred  his  church  member- 
ship there  from  Oakham,  March  6,  1842.  In  spite  of  his  strong 
anti-slavery  convictions,  he  remained  in  Missouri  until  after  the 
death  of  his  first  wife  in  1850.  He  then  came  east  to  Memphis, 
Michigan,  making  the  journey  as  far  as  Detroit  with  his  three 

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surviving  daughters,  all  under  eight  years  of  age,  in  a  "Prairie 
Schooner."  For  three  years  he  was  a  merchant  at  Memphis,  and 
then  removed  in  1853  to  Cleveland,  Ohio,  where  he  was  a  lumber 
merchant  till  his  death.  He  married  (1)  Mary  Ann  Braken- 
ridge of  Ware,  Mass.,  on  Oct.  16,  1839.  She  was  born  March 
24,  1816,  daughter  of  William  Sinclair  and  Anna  (Cummings) 
Brakenridge.*  She  died  at  Memphis,  Mo.,  May  11,  1850,  and 
Mr.  French  married  (2)  Elizabeth  Whitcomb  Sherman,  prob- 
ably of  Ware,  Mass.,  on  Nov.  18,  1850.  She  was  born  in  1827, 
and  was  a  cousin  of  William  Brakenridge's  wife.  She  died  Dec. 
18,  1855,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio,  aged  28  years.  Mr.  French  mar- 
ried (3)  Ann  A.  Parker,  on  Aug.  3,  1856.  She  was  a  Michigan 
school-teacher.     Children : 

i.       Ann  Maria,  b.  Aug.  6,  1840,  at  Memphis,  Mo.;   d.  Sept.  4,  1840, 

at  Memphis,  Mo. 
ii.      Catherine  Davis,  b.  Oct.  14,  1841,  at  Memphis,  Mo.;   d.  June  5. 

i860,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio, 
iii.     Lucy  Ann  Brakenridge,  b.   Sept.  27,   1843,  at  Memphis,  Mo. ; 

d.  April  10,  1884,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio, 
iv.     Martha    Ellen,   b.    May   28,    1846,    at    Memphis,    Mo.;     A.B. 

Oberlin   1870;    M.A.   1875;    studied  two  years  in   Germany; 

taught  for  thirteen  years  as  Lady  Principal  in  western  coedu- 
cational schools;    from   1879  to    1881   she  was   Instructor   in 

Mathematics  at  Smith  College.     She  resides  at  Lake  Forest, 

v.       Mary  Esther,  b.  Nov.  29,  1847,  at  Memphis,  Mo.;    d.  July  17, 

1848,  at  Memphis,  Mo. 
vi.     Mary  Elizabeth,  b.  July  4,  1852,  at  Memphis,  Mich. ;    d.  Oct.  3, 

1854,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio, 
vii.    Clara  Parker,  b.  Dec.  1,  1857,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio;    d.  June  2, 

1858,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio, 
viii.  Charles  Edwin,  b.  May  2,  1859,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio;    attended 

Amherst   one  year   and    University   of    Michigan    one    year; 

went    into    the    general    insurance    business;     married    Mary 

Nevins ;     they   have   no   children.      He    resides   at   620    Kent 

Place,  Toledo,  Ohio, 
ix.     Anna  Coates,  b.  Oct.  7,  1861,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio;    d.  June  II, 

1863,  at  Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Charles  French  held  local  and  civic  offices  and  was  a  member 
of  the  Board  of  Education  in  Cleveland,  Ohio.     He  contributed 

*  Temple,  Hist,  of  Palmer,  Mass.,  416. 

five  thousand  dollars  toward  the  erection  of  a  two-story  brick 
building  on  the  west  side  of  the  Oberlin  College  campus  near 
the  south  end,  which  was  named  French  Hall  in  his  honor.  This 
building,  begun  in  1867,  was  completed  in  1868.  He  was  Dea- 
con in  the  First  Congregational  Church  of  Cleveland  and  leader 
of  a  large  Bible  Class,  which  had  a  portrait  of  him  painted  and 
hung  in  the  class-room,  where  it  is  still  in  place.  He  was  not 
rich,  yet  he  left  one-sixth  of  his  estate  to  religious  and  edu- 
cational objects.  Though  bound  by  the  strict  Puritanic  code  of 
his  day,  he  was  genial,  abounding  in  tact  and  anecdotes,  and  used 
even  with  his  Southern  neighbors  a  freedom  in  speaking  of  slav- 
ery not  often  allowed.  When  one  of  them  complained  of  his 
inability  to  get  on,  he  compared  notes  to  show  that  with  no  other 
advantage  than  lack  of  slaves  he  had  been  able  to  make  money. 
He  had  lung  trouble  before  he  left  Oakham  for  the  West,  and 
while  recovering  from  this  he  developed  other  troubles  which 
wore  upon  him  till  his  death.  He  died  in  Cleveland,  Ohio,  July 
16,  1866,  aged  55  years. 

9.  Edwin  (Isaac,3  John,  3d,-  John,  Jr.1)  was  born  in  Oak- 
ham, Mass.,  June  18,  1817,  the  son  of  Isaac  and  Catherine 
(Davis)  French.  He  went  West  with  his  brother  Charles  before 
1838,  first  to  St.  Louis,  Mo.,  then  to  St.  Joe,  from  there  to 
Sand  Hill  in  Scotland  County,  where  he  embarked  as  a  young 
man  in  general  merchandise  and  remained  for  several  years,  after 
which  he  removed  to  Schuyler  County.  In  1844  he  laid  out  the 
town  of  Tippecanoe,  and  carried  on  a  general  country  store. 
From  there  he  went  to  California  and  remained  two  years.  He 
crossed  the  plains  with  ox-teams  and  returned  via  the  Horn. 
After  he  came  back  from  California,  he  laid  out  the  town  of 
Lancaster,  Schuyler  County,  Mo.  There  he  remained  all  the  rest 
of  his'  days,  with  the  exception  of  a  temporary  residence  in  Cal- 
ifornia and  Colorado,  for  his  health,  in  the  seventies.  He  mar- 
ried Esther  Hathaway  in  Schuyler  County,  Mo.,  in  1843.  She 
was  the  daughter  of  Josiah  and  Julia  (Dean)  Hathaway  and  was 
born  in  Vermont,  July  15,  1822.     Children: 

i.  Charles  Henry,  b.  Jan.  20.  1845;  served  in  the  Union  Army 
from  1862  to  1865;  married  Mary  J.  Farris  at  Lancaster  on 
Oct.    13,   1867 ;    engaged  in  the  mercantile  business  with  his 

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father  for  many  years,  later  in  the  banking  business;    d.  at 

St.  Joe,  Mo.,  Aug.  14,  1913. 
ii.     Wilbur  Dwight,  b.  Jan.  27,   1847;    served  in  the  Union  Army 

from  1863  to  1865;    married  Mary  Rhodes  at  Lancaster,  Jan. 

1,   1871  ;    removed  to  Colorado,  where  he  engaged  in  stock- 
raising;   d.  Dec.  29,  1888. 
iii.    Agnes  M.,  b.  Aug.  22,  1849;   married  William  S.  Leedom,  Dec.  8, 

1867;   resides  at  Lancaster, 
iv.    Julia  Catherine,  b.  Nov.  8,  1853 ;   married  Charles  E.  Vrooman, 

Chief  Clerk  in  the  Solicitor's  Office,  Washington,  D.  C,  on 

Nov.  27,  1873;    resides  at  1123  Euclid  St.,  N.  W.,  Washington. 
v.     Edwin  Lewis,  b.  Jan.  11,  1856;    a  lawyer;    married  Bell  Justice 

at  Keokuk,  Iowa,  May  16,  1883;    resides  at  Lancaster,  Mo. 
vi.    Alexander    Campbell,    b.    Sept.    3,    1858;     d.    Feb.    8,    i860,    at 

vii.  Mary  Ella,  b.  June  12,  1861 ;    d.  April  12,  1862,  at  Lancaster. 

"Edwin  French  was  the  first  representative  of  Schuyler  County 
in  the  Missouri  Legislature  in  the  fifties.  During  his  more  than 
forty  years'  residence  in  Schuyler  County  he  held  the  offices  of 
Representative,  Clerk  of  the  County,  County  Treasurer,  Presi- 
dent of  the  Schuyler  County  National  Bank,  of  the  Agricultural 
Society,  Mayor  of  his  town,  and  was  repeatedly  summoned  by 
the  courts  in  a  fiduciary  capacity.  He  was  a  man  of  fine  phy- 
sique, large  brain,  great  intellectuality,  of  the  Websterian  mould. 
His  advice  was  constantly  sought  by  his  fellow  citizens  in  the 
community  in  which  he  lived,  in  finance,  business,  politics,  com- 
mercial transactions,  and  religion.  He  was  a  consecrated  church- 
man, holding  the  office  of  Bishop  in  the  Christian  Church  for 
more  than  40  years.  He  was  loyal  to  his  country,  to  his  domestic 
relations,  and  to  his  God.  During  the  conflict  between  the  States 
his  devotion  to  his  country  was  exceptional ;  on  several  occasions 
he  had  been  condemned  to  death — but  the  Lord  in  whom  he 
trusted  willed  otherwise.  Ever  and  always  he  was  the  first 
citizen  of  his  county,  honored  by  the  courts,  esteemed  by  his 
fellow  citizens,  admired  by  the  younger  generation,  and  revered 
by  the  clergy  and  church,  to  whom  and  to  which  he  imparted 
much  usefulness,  helpfulness  and  grace  during  the  many  years 
of  his  long  and  spiritual  service  in  his  Master's  vineyard.  Never 
a  flaw  in  his  character,  never  a  suspicion  of  wrong-doing,  never 
a  breath  of  scandal  marred  his  godly  and  useful  life.     Wonder- 


ful  in  his  perceptive  faculties,  marvelous  in  his  wisdom,  thorough 
in  his  judgment — he  completed  a  well-rounded  and  magnificent 
career.  He  passed  peacefully  and  quietly  away  on  a  beautiful 
June  morning,  as  he  had  lived — honored,  loved,  and  esteemed, 
the  'noblest  Roman  of  them  all,'  and  had  his  life  been  spent 
in  a  broader  sphere,  under  different  environments,  easily  would 
he  have  been  a   'Great  Commoner.' 

'Full  many  a  gem  of  purest  ray  serene 

The  dark  unfathomed  caves  of  ocean  bear, 

Full  many  a  flower  is  born  to  blush  unseen 
And  waste  its  sweetness  on  the  desert  air.' ' 

Edwin  French  died  in  Lancaster,  June  15,  1893.  Mrs.  Esther 
(Hathaway)  French  died,  also  at  Lancaster,  on  Sept.  30,  1903. 
"In  her  lifetime  she  was  much  loved  and  revered  by  all  who  knew 
her,  for  her  sweetness  and  simplicity  of  character,  strong  relig- 
ious convictions,  nobility  of  wifehood  and  motherhood,  ever 
patient,  calm  and  companionable;  a  woman  of  no  ordinary 
intellect,  much  acquired  knowledge,  and  when  she  became  the 
wife  of  Edwin  French  was  a  teacher  of  repute — taught  the  first 
school  in  the  county.  When  her  Lord  and  Master  called,  her 
soul  passed  peacefully  and  calmly  to  the  Great  Beyond  to  join 
that  company  John  saw  and  which  no  man  could  number." 

10.  (Rev.)  Lyndon  Smith  (Col.  Samuel,3  Lieut.  Asa,2  John, 
Jr.1)  was  born  Sept.  17,  1796,  in  Oakham,  Mass.,  the  son  of 
Col.  Samuel  and  Polly  (Ruggles)  French.  Sometime  after  1796 
his  father  removed  with  his  family  from  Oakham  to  Craftsbury, 
Vt.  He  lived  with  his  father  till  he  was  20  years  old,  when  he 
learned  the  cabinet  maker's  trade  in  the  family  of  Dea.  Farn- 
ham  of  Hardwick,  Vt.  From  1821  to  1828  he  lived  in  Crafts- 
bury,  later  in  Cabot  Lower  Village.  He  entered  the  ministry  and 
preached  successively  in  Moretown,  Duxbury,  Fayston,  Warren, 
Coventry,  and  Franklin  (1845-1861).  He  married  Annie  E. 
Farnham  of  Hardwick,  Vt.,  on  March  26,  1820.  She  was  born 
July  3,  1799,  daughter  of  Dea.  Aaron  and  Florella  (Strong) 
Farnham  of  Hardwick.  She  died  June  21,  1881,  aged  82,  in 
Franklin,  Vt.     Children: 


i.  Samuel  Farnham,  b.  Jan.  17,  1822,  at  Craftsbury;  served  as 
private  in  Co.  B,  1st  Vt.  Cavalry,  from  Sept.  16,  1861,  to 
Nov.  18,  1864;  promoted  to  Corporal;  a  mechanic  and 
farmer;  married  twice,  first  to  Nancy  E.  Emerson  of  Salem, 
Mass.,  name  and  date  of  second  marriage  unknown;  had 
four  children  by  second  marriage,  Evelyn,  David,  Myrtle, 
Clyde;  all  reside  at  or  near  Canon  City,  Colo.  He  died  at 
Canon  City,  Feb.  2,  1912. 

ii.  Evelyn  French,  b.  May  14,  1824,  at  Craftsbury;  a  manu- 
facturer of  patent  sewing  machine  cases  and  built-up  tables 
in  New  York  City;  married  Elizabeth  H.  Brown,  Dec.  19, 
1854;    no  children.    He  died  April  3,  1888,  in  New  York  City. 

iii.  Alvah  (J.),*  b.  May  14,  1824,  at  Craftsbury;  an  unassigned 
recruit  in  the  Civil  War  from  June  3-18,  1862;  a  furniture 
dealer;  married  (1)  Lucy  Abell,  May  30,  1855,  (2)  Lucy 
Bell.  Children  by  his  first  wife:  1.  Freddie,  died  in  infancy. 
2.  Frank  Chester,  b.  May  7,  1858 ;  married  Monona  Howell ; 
has  one  son  Chester;  lives  in  New  Rochelle,  N.  Y.  Alvah 
J.  French  died  Sept.  19,  1882,  at  Franklin,  Vt. 

iv.  Adaline,  b.  Feb.  9,  1826,  in  Craftsbury,  Vt. ;  an  artist ;  married 
Rev.  L.  H.  Stone,  June  30,  1869;  no  children.  She  died  May 
28,  1907,  at  Castleton,  Vt. 

v.  Augustus  Fordyce,  b.  Feb.  7,  1828,  at  Cabot,  Vt. ;  served  as 
musician  in  Co.  F,  15th  Vt.  Infantry,  from  Sept.  16,  1862,  to 
Aug.  5,  1863;  a  farmer;  married  (1)  Hannah  Jane  Sawyer, 
(2)    Martha    Sawyer,    sisters.      Children    by    his    first    wife: 

1.  Horatio  Lyndon,  b.  Jan.  4,  1856.  2.  Evelyn  Frank,  b.  Dec. 
17,  1859.  3-  Julia  Hariat,  b.  June  9,  1864.  4.  Augustus 
Fordyce,  b.  Oct.  27,  1872.  5.  Albert  Eugene,  b.  Aug.  6,  1875; 
d.  in  infancy.  He  resides  in  Barton,  Vt.  His  son,  Horatio 
L.,  married  Sarah  Ann  Thorn  Ireland  and  resides  at  1235 
Iranistan  Ave.,  Bridgeport,  Conn.  Children :  (a)  Courtney 
Augustus,  b.  Dec.  2,  d.  Dec.  24,  1880.  (b)  Walter  Evelyn, 
b.  Nov.  22,  1882.  (c)  Horatio  James,  b.  Feb.  19,  1886.  (d) 
Arthur  Raymond,  b.  June  27,  1888.  (e)  Lillian  Margaret,  b. 
March  13,  1893. 

vi.  Emily,  b.  March  5,  1830,  at  Cabot,  Vt. ;  married  Allen  Barr 
Cutler,  a  farmer  of  Highgate,  Vt.,  Jan.  8,  1851.  Children, 
born   at   Highgate:      1.    Elizabeth    Catherine,    Oct.    30,    1851. 

2.  Alary  Emily,  March  19,  1853.  3.  Alice  Maria,  Feb.  16,  1855. 
4.  Adaline  Bell,  Sept.  17,  1858.  5.  Lucy  Allen,  Aug.  II,  1864. 
Mrs.  Cutler  resides  at  Highgate. 

vii.  Aaron,  b.  April  7,  1832,  at  Cabot,  Vt. ;  Second  Lieutenant  in  the 
3d  Vt.  Battery,  service  from  Sept.  21,  1863,  to  Oct.  10,  1864;   a 

The   initial    /   was    adopted   merely    for   identification. 


mechanic;  married  (i)  Mary  Waite  and  had  four  children, 
Lyndon,  Scott,  Inez,  and  Minnie;  (2)  Jennie  Porter  on 
Dec.  17,  1872,  and  had  two  children,  Gertrude,  b.  Nov.  12, 
1873,  married  D.  W.  Welton,  March  28,  1902,  and  Frances, 
b.  Feb.  26,  1880,  married  W.  B.  Myler,  March  12,  1902;  both 
live  in  Selby,  So.  Dakota.  Aaron  French  died  Dec.  8,  1901, 
in  Dennison,  Iowa. 

viii.  Katherine,  b.  Jan.  26,  1835,  in  Fayston,  Vt. ;  married  Henry 
Hall  Bell  of  Franklin,  Vt.,  May  5,  1857,  who  was  a  Com- 
missary in  the  7th  Vt.  Volunteer  Regiment,  and  afterwards  a 
merchant.  Child:  Anna  Florella,  b.  Nov.  4,  1861,  a  school- 
teacher in  Pittsford,  Vt.    Mrs.  Bell  resides  in  Pittsford. 

ix.  John,  b.  June  6,  1839,  at  Coventry,  Vt. ;  served  in  the  Navy  on 
the  "U.  S.  Wachusett"  in  the  Civil  War,  from  January  to 
April,  1865;  a  mechanic;  married  Anna  Buffington.  Chil- 
dren: 1.  Harry  Buffington,  b.  Jan.  11,  1868.  2.  Winifred 
Farnham,  b.  June  20.  1869.  3.  Lynward,  b.  April  14,  1872; 
d.  Aug.  9,  1898,  in  Cuba  in  the  Spanish  War,  a  member  of 
Co.  F.  Naval  Brigade,  M.  V.  M.  on  the  "U.  S.  Prairie."  4- 
Sara,  b.  June  6,  1876.  John  French's  address  is  unknown. 
His  two  oldest  children  reside  in  Fall  River,  Mass. 

x.  Henry  Dwight,  b.  Feb.  11,  1842,  at  Coventry,  Vt. ;  served  in 
Co.  F,  2d  Regt.  Mass.  Volunteers,  from  May  25,  1861,  to 
May  28,  1864;  was  wounded  by  a  cross-fire  in  both  shoulder- 
blades  while  in  service;  a  mechanic;  unmarried;  d.  Oct.  12, 
1891,  at  Highgate,  Vt. 

xi.  Crighton  Brewer,  b.  Oct.  20,  1844,  at  Coventry,  Vt. ;  served  as 
musician  in  Co.  C,  5th  Vt.  Infantry,  from  Aug.  21,  1861,  to 
June  29,  1865;  a  manufacturer;  married  Bessie  M.  Lambkin, 
daughter  of  Howard  and  Katherine  Lambkin,  on  Jan.  16, 
1868.  She  was  born  April  17,  1846.  Children :  1.  Jessie  Bell, 
b.  Dec.  24,  1868.  2.  Charles  Marshall,  b.  June  27,  1870.  3. 
Lillian  Lee,  b.  Nov.  16,  1871 ;  d.  Sept.  16,  1873.  4.  Frederick 
Lambkin,  b.  Dec.  2,  1873;  d.  April  2,  1896.  5.  Edith  Elizabeth, 
b.  June  28,  1886;  d.  March  29,  1911.  C.  B.  French  resides  at 
1 1 17  Carroll  St.,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.  He  is  president  of  the 
C.  B.  French  Cabinet  Co.  (Incorporated).  401  Flushing  Ave., 
Brooklyn.  His  son,  Charles  M.,  married  Ida  Haring  on  June 
12,  1897,  and  has  two  sons,  (a)  Robert  Marshall,  b.  Dec.  17, 
1897,  and   (b)   Crighton  Brewer,  b.  Jan.  30,  1902. 

Six  sons  of  Lyndon  S.  French  served  in  the  Union  Army  in 
the  War  of  the  Rebellion,  their  united  terms  of  service  aggregat- 
ing twelve  years.  On  July  4,  1879,  the  entire  family,  father 
aged  83,  mother  aged  80,  and  the  eight  sons  and  three  daughters 


with  their  families,  met  together  at  Franklin,  Vt.  Rev.  Lyndon 
S.  French  died  in  Franklin,  Vt.,  July  10,  1879,  aged  83  years. 
Rev.  W.  C.  Smith,  D.D.,  of  St.  Albans,  Vt,  said  of  him:  "Lyn- 
don S.  French  is  an  encyclopedia  of  religious  knowledge,  and  a 
system  of  unimpeachable  theology." 

11.  (Judge)  Alvah  Ruggles  (Col.  Samuel,3  Lieut.  Asa,2 
John,  Jr.1)  was  born  April  7,  1798,  in  Craftsbury,  second  son 
of  Col.  Samuel  and  Polly  (Ruggles)  French.  Sometime  after 
1796  Alvah's  father  removed  with  his  family  from  Oakham  to 
Craftsbury,  Vt.,  where  he  was  born  and  where  he  spent  his  life 
as  a  cabinet  maker.  He  married  Amelia  Maria  Curtis.  She  was 
born  at  Hanover,  N.  H.,  June  6,  1806,  and  died  Sept.  22,  1843, 
aged  37  years  3  months  15  days.     Children: 

i.    Henry  D.,  b.  June  22,  1839,  in  Craftsbury;    d.  July  19,  1842,  in 

Craftsbury,  aged  3  yrs.  27  days, 
ii.  Solomon  A.,  b.  in  Craftsbury,  Aug.   11,   1843;    d.  Nov.   17,   1862, 

aged  19  yrs.  3  mos.  6  days. 

Alvah  R.  French  died  in  Craftsbury,  Vt.,  Aug.  9,  1876.  He 
left  no  children,  and  this  branch  of  the  French  family  became 
extinct  with  him. 

12.  (Judge)  Asa  Leander  (Col.  Samuel,3  Lieut.  Asa,2  John, 
Jr.1)  was  born  Oct.  4,  1804,  in  Craftsbury,  Vt.,  the  son  of  Col. 
Samuel  and  Polly  (Ruggles)  French.  Sometime  after  1796 
Asa's  father  removed  with  his  family  from  Oakham  to  Crafts- 
bury, Vt.,  where  he  was  born  and  grew  up.  He  later  removed 
to  St.  Johnsbury,  Vt.,  and  was  at  first  a  carriage  maker.  Then 
he  became  Judge  of  Probate  for  Caledonia  County,  Vt.,  which 
office  he  held  for  more  than  30  years.  He  married  Laura  Wright 
on  Oct.  14,  1828.  She  was  born  in  Barnet,  Vt.,  in  1807,  and 
was  the  daughter  of  Dr.  Ashbel  Wright.  She  died  in  St.  Johns- 
bury  on  March  21,  1879.     Children: 

i.  Henry,  b.  Aug.  19,  1829;  married  on  Aug.  2,  1859,  Sarah  W. 
Baker,  daughter  of  Oliver  and  Elvira  (Eastman)  Baker,  who 
was  born  Feb.  2,  1836,  and  died  Jan.  7,  1914.  Henry  French 
was  for  many  years  Registrar  of  Probate  and,  in  the  last  years 
of  his  life,  was  Treasurer  of  Carrick  Bros.  Granite  Co.  of 
St.   Johnsbury,    Vt.      Children:     1-4    (four    children    died    in 


infancy).  5.  Laura  Emma,  b.  Sept.  19,  1865;  d.  Sept.  17,  1908. 
6.  Frank  Oliver,  b.  May  15,  1872;  married  Mabel  L.  Brock 
of  Barnet  on  June  26,  1901,  and  lives  at  St.  Johnsbury,  Vt. 

ii.  Charles  Wright,  b.  Feb.  20,  1832;  married  Adaline  Sadlier  of 
Drummondville,  P.  Q.,  on  Oct.  20,  1859;  he  died  Dec.  1,  1882. 
Children:  1.  William  Henry,  b.  Dec.  31,  186 1 ;  d.  April  22, 
1892.  2.  Charles  Walter,  b.  Dec.  14,  1864,  lives  at  Colebrook, 
N.  H.  3.  Asa  Leander,  b.  Jan.  4,  1874;  married  Jessie 
Williams  of  Colebrook,  N.  H.,  on  Feb.  4,  1899,  has  three 
children,  all  born  at  Colebrook :  (a)  Charles  Asa,  June  16, 
1900;  (&)  Jennie  Williams,  Feb.  21,  1903;  (c)  Walter 
Francis,  May  13,  1904.     Asa  L.  French  lives  at  Tilton,  N.  H. 

iii.  Edward,  b.  Nov.  23,  1833;  married  Lucia  Waite  of  St.  Johns- 
bury  on  June  5,  1858;  d.  at  Alexandria,  July  7,  1864,  of 
wounds  received  at  Petersburg,  while  serving  in  the  Union 
Army  in  the  New  Hampshire  Sharpshooters. 

iv.  Helen  M.,  b.  Oct.  20,  1839;  married  Capt.  J.  W.  D.  Carpenter 
on  July  30,  1863,  who  was  killed  in  the  Battle  of  the  Wilder- 
ness, May  5,  1864;    no  children.     She  died  May  1,  1899. 

v.    Mary  A.,  b.  April  9,  1848;    d.  Feb.  15,  1871,  aged  22. 


Judge  Asa  L.  French  died  Feb.  14,  1886,  at  St.  Johnsbury, 
Vt.,  aged  81  years  4  months. 

13.  Samuel  Franklin  (Col.  Samuel,3  Lieut.  Asa,2  John, 
Jr.1)  was  born  Jan.  27,  1807,  in  Craftsbury,  Vt.,  the  son  of  Col. 
Samuel  and  Polly  (Ruggles)  French.  Sometime  after  1796 
Samuel's  father  removed  with  his  family  from  Oakham  to  Crafts- 
bury,  where  he  was  born.  He  lived  in  Coventry,  Vt.,  and  was 
a  carpenter  by  occupation.  He  married  (1)  Harriet  Plastridge 
of  Coventry,  Vt.  She  was  born  May  2,  1820,  daughter  of  Amasa 
Plastridge,  and  died  March  2,  1843.  After  her  death,  he 
married  (2)  Prudence  Head.     Children: 

i.     Mary  Ruggles,  b.  Aug.  19,  1841 ;    d.  July  28,  1907,  unmarried,  at 

ii.    Albert. 
iii.  Jennie,  before  her  death,  married  and  had  one  child. 

Samuel  F.  French  died  May  29,  1888,  in  Coventry,  Vt. 

14.  (Judge)  Fordyce  Spooner  (Col.  Samuel,3  Lieut.  Asa,2 
John,  Jr.1)   was  born  Jan.  3,  1810,  in  Craftsbury,  Vt.,  the  son 


of  Col.  Samuel  and  Polly  (Ruggles)  French.  Sometime  after 
1796  Fordyce's  father  removed  from  Oakham  to  Craftshury,  Vt., 
where  he  was  born.  He  was  the  youngest  but  one  of  the'  eight 
children  of  Samuel  French.  He  taught  school  several  terms, 
and  then  bought  a  farm  in  Craftsbury.  He  removed  to  Glover, 
Vt,  in  1845,  and  later  to  Barton  in  1856.  He  lived  for  the 
remainder  of  his  life  in  Barton,  Vt.,  where  he  was  Judge  of  the 
County  Court  and  was  kept  busy  in  the  settlement  of  estates.  As 
Justice  of  the  Peace  many  cases  came  before  him  for  trial.  He 
married  (1)  Eliza  Ann  Jewett  Boardman,  Aug.  20,  1837,  in 
Craftsbury.  She  was  born  Nov.  12,  1817,  daughter  of  John  and 
Abigail  (Hazen)  Boardman,  and  died  Sept.  18,  1848,  in  Glover, 
Vt.  He  married  (2)  Martha  Hazen,  on  Feb.  22,  1849.  She 
was  born  May  13,  1821,  and  died  Aug.  25,  1888.     Children: 

i.  John  Boardman,  b.  June  19,  1840,  in  Craftsbury;  d.  in  Brainerd, 
Minn.,  Nov.  30,  1873. 

ii.  Mary  Abigail,  b.  April  18,  1844,  in  Craftsbury;  married  Oscar 
Daniel  Owen,  Nov.  5,  1874.  Child :  Julia  French,  b.  Dec.  30, 
1875,  married  Rev.  John  Pearl  Garfield,  Dec.  30,  1902, 
and  has  two  children :  (a)  Owen  Richardson,  b.  April  1, 
1905,  and  (b)  John  French,  b.  Oct.  18,  1907.  Mrs.  Mary  A. 
Owen  resides  in  Claremont,  N.  H.,  with  the  Garfield  family. 

Judge  Fordyce  S.  French  died  in  Barton,  Vt.,  Sept.  26,  187 1, 
aged  61,  as  a  result  of  a  paralytic  shock. 

15.  Crighton  Brewer  (Col.  Samuel,3  Lieut.  Asa,2  John, 
Jr.1)  was  born  Sept.  8,  1812,  in  Craftsbury,  Vt.,  the  youngest  son 
of  Col.  Samuel  and  Polly  (Ruggles)  French.  Soon  after  1796 
Crighton's  father  removed  with  his  family  from  Oakham  to 
Craftsbury,  Vt.,  where  he  was  born  and  where  he  lived  till  1846, 
when  he  removed  to  New  York  City  and,  in  1848,  formed  a 
partnership  with  Messrs.  Baldwin  and  Reed  in  the  dry  goods 
business.  The  firm  was  most  successful,  and  Mr.  French  was 
considered  one  of  the  best  judges  of  silks  and  dress  goods  in  the 
city.  In  1870  his  health  failed  and  he  removed  to  Rochester, 
N.  Y.,  still  retaining  a  partnership  interest  in  the  firm.  The  fail- 
ure of  the  firm  a  few  years  after  he  left  weighed  heavily  upon 
him  and  was  in  part  responsible  for  his  death  in  1872.  He  mar- 
ried  (1)    Caroline  Baldwin,  May   13,   1847.     She  died  of  con- 


sumption  in  New  York  City,  Dec.  3,  1862,  and  Mr.  French 
married  (2)  Jane  Mackintosh,  July  19,  1864.  She  died  in  San 
Francisco,  Cal.,  Aug.  25,  1913.     Children: 

i.  Robert  Samuel,  b.  Sept.  5,  1848;  d.  Oct.  8,  1850,  in  New  York 

ii.  Alvah  Ruggles,  b.  March  24,  1850,  in  New  York  City;  d.  Oct.  9, 
1000,  in  Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Hi.  James  Chrystie,  b.  Dec.  11,  1852;  d.  July  14,  1853,  in  New  York 

iv.  Crighton  Brewer,  b.  May  31,  1854;  d.  March  13,  1857,  in  New 
York  City. 

v.  Henry,  b.  Sept.  3,  1856,  in  New  York  City;  unmarried;  resides 
in  Rochester,  N.  Y. 

vi.  Joseph  Lewis,  b.  Aug.  16,  1858,  in  New  York  City;  present 
whereabouts  unknown;    a  brilliant  writer  and  newspaper  man. 

vii.  Caroline  Mackintosh,  b.  April  15,  1865,  in  Rochester;  taught 
in  the  public  schools  of  Rochester  before  her  marriage; 
married  July  26,  1890,  in  Rochester,  N.  Y.,  to  Frank  Treubeth, 
a  musician  of  Herkimer,  N.  Y.,  who  died  March  7,  191 1. 
Children:  1.  Edith  May,  b.  May  4,  1891 ;  d.  Sept.  6,  1910. 
2.  Grace,  b.  July  6,  1893;  d.  March  4,  191 1.  3.  Arthur  For- 
dyce,  b.  April  16,  1898;  d.  July  7,  1906.  4.  Richard  Henry, 
b.  Sept.  26,  1908;  d.  Feb.  4,  191 1.  Mrs.  Caroline  French 
Treubeth  died  March  28,  1909,  in  Herkimer,  N.  Y. 

viii.  Fordyce  Reed,  b.  Dec.  10,  1868,  in  Rochester,  N.  Y.;  married 
Fannie  Julia  Young  of  Rochester,  July  10,  1900,  daughter  of 
James  and  Jane  (Jardine)  Young  of  Scotland,  Eng. ;  is  a 
lay  modeler  and  sheet  metal  worker.  Address,  27  Bloomfield 
St.,  Rochester,  N.  Y. 

Crighton  B.  French  died  in  Rochester,  N.  Y.,  Feb.  18,  1872. 

16.  Anson  Hadon  (John,  4th,3  Lieut.  Asa,2  John,  Jr.1)  was 
born  Aug.  6,  181 3,  in  Oakham,  the  son  of  John,  4th,  and  Betsey 
(French)  French.  April  14,  1834,  he  bought  of  Luther  Hunter 
a  farm  containing  53  square  rods  on  the  road  from  Oakham 
center  to  Coldbrook  village,  north  of  Otis  Stone's.  To  this  he 
added  on  Oct.  20,  1835,  20  more  square  rods  by  purchase  from 
Otis  Stone.  He  located  in  West  Brookfield  in  early  manhood 
and  joined  the  church  there  in  1839.  He  came  to  North  Brook- 
field  in  1843,  and  worked  in  the  Batcheller  Shop  from  1844  to 
1875.       He  married   Luthera   Sabrina  Lamb  of   Fletcher,   Vt, 


April  2,  1845.  She  was  born  March  4,  1824,  daughter  of  Zura 
and  Polly  Lamb.  She  died  Feb.  10,  1904,  at  North  Brookfield. 
Children : 

i.  Charles  Anson,  b.  April  12,  1857,  in  North  Brookfield;  married 
on  July  31,  1877,  Marian  Maud  Smith  of  North  Brookfield, 
who  was  born  April  11,  1858,  daughter  of  Charles  and  Caro- 
line Smith.  Child:  Grace  Ethel,  b.  June  14,  1878;  d.  March 
6,  1882.  Charles  A.  French  resides  in  Marlboro  and  is 
engaged  in  shoe  manufacturing;  he  is  an  active  worker  in 
the  Congregational  Church,  being  one  of  the  Deacons,  a 
teacher  in  the  Sunday  School,  and  President  of  the  Brother- 

ii.  John  Edwin,  b.  May  3,  1859,  in  North  Brookfield;  d.  Aug.  3, 
1859,  in  North  Brookfield. 

iii.  Lillie  Maria,  b.  Oct.  12,  1861,  in  North  Brookfield;  married  on 
Aug.  8,  1883,  Charles  G.  Thompson  of  Templeton,  who  was 
born  June  II,  i860,  in  Templeton,  and  died  Oct.  14,  1004,  in 
North  Brookfield.  Children :  1.  Elida  Richmond,  b.  Oct.  2, 
1887,  in  North  Brookfield.  2.  Mildred  Evelyn,  b.  Dec.  4,  1891, 
in  North  Brookfield.  Mrs.  Thompson  resides  in  North 
Brookfield  with  her  sister  and  two  daughters. 

iv.  William  Erastus,  b.  Nov.  24,  1862,  in  North  Brookfield ;  married 
Alice  Linfield  of  Brockton,  daughter  of  Adelbert  and  Alice 
(Joslyn)  Linfield,  on  Jan.  31,  1889.  Child:  Madeline  Joslyn, 
b.  May  13,  1890.  William  E.  French  resides  in  Rutherford, 
N.  J.,  and  is  Business  Manager  of  the  New  York  office  of 
the  Cyphers  Incubator  Company. 

v.  Mary  Ann,  b.  Dec.  2,  1869,  in  North  Brookfield;  she  is  employed 
in  the  office  of  the  H.  H.  Brown  Shoe  Co.,  North  Brookfield, 
and  is  an  active  worker  in  the  Sunday  School  and  Christian 
Endeavor  Society  of  the  First  Congregational  Church. 

Anson  H.  French  was  a  member  of  the  First  Congregational 
Church  in  North  Brookfield,  by  transfer  from  the  West  Brook- 
field Church.  He  died  in  North  Brookfield,  Nov.  9,  1882,  aged 
69,  as  the  result  of  a  broken  hip.  He  was  severely  injured  by 
a  cow  jumping  upon  him,  and  suffered  greatly  up  to  the  time 
of  his  death. 

17.  (Capt.)  Freeman  {Asa,  Jr.,3  Lieut.  Asa,2  John,  Jr.1)  was 
born  in  Oakham,  June  5,  1805,  the  son  of  Asa,  Jr.,  and  Hannah 
(Brimhall)  French.  He  married  Hannah  Davis  Bellows  of  Pax- 
ton,  April  26,  1827.     She  was  born  Aug.  7,  1806,  at  Sturbridge, 


Mass.,   daughter  of  Jonas  and  Sally   (Bridges)    Bellows.     She 
died  Nov.  13,  1884.     Children: 

i.  Jane  Swan,  b.  March  15,  1828,  in  Oakham;  married  Edmund 
P.  Macullar,  May  4,  1847.  Children :  1.  Martha  Jane,  b.  July 
24,  1848;  d.  Feb.  12,  1854.  2.  Charles  E.,  b.  Jan.  28,  1853, 
is  in  insurance  business  in  Boston.  3.  William  F.,  b.  Sept.  6, 
1857,  in  Worcester.  4.  Alice  Marion,  b.  July  30,  1861 ;  d. 
March  8,  1869.  Mrs.  Macullar  resides  at  2  Aspen  St., 
Roxbury,  her  son  Charles  E.,  at  Hotel  Westminster,  Boston. 

ii.  Alvah  Bellows,  b.  May  3,  1830,  in  Oakham;  married  Mary  E. 
Sanford.  Children:  1.  Alvah  Sanford,  b.  July  30,  1856.  2. 
Florence  Mabel,  b.  1858.  3.  Mary  Elizabeth,  b.  September, 
i860.     Alvah  B.  French  died  April  13,  1904,  in  Boston. 

iii.    Susan  Amelia,  b.  July  11,  1832,  in  Oakham. 

iv.  George  Freeman,  b.  Aug.  12,  1834,  in  Oakham ;  married  Lucretia 
H.  Titcomb.  Children  :  1.  George  Freeman,  Jr.,  b.  March  19, 
1861 ;  married  Susan  Rohan.  2.  Fannie  Titcomb,  b.  June, 
1863;    married  Dr.  Charles  Morrill  Kent. 

v.  Charles  H.,  b.  Dec.  26,  1836,  in  Oakham;  d.  July  2,  1837,  in 

vi.  Charles  Davis,  b.  July  14,  1842,  in  Oakham ;  conducted  a  leather 
business  in  Boston  for  many  years;  married  Susan  Eckstein 
Schober  of  Philadelphia,  Dec.  28,  1871.  A  son,  Charles 
Frederick,  born  in  Boston,  May  4,  1876,  graduated  at  Harvard 
in  1897,  married  Anna  Morton  Davenport  of  Boston,  April  20, 
1908,  conducts  a  stationery  business  in  New  York  City,  and 
resides  at  9  Livingston  Place,  New  York  City.  Charles 
Davis  French  died  in  Boston,  Feb.  10,  1912.  Mrs.  Charles  D. 
French  resides  at  6  Humboldt  Ave.,  Roxbury. 

vii.  Julia  Marion,  b.  Oct.  6,  1845,  in  Oakham.  She  resides  at 
6  Humboldt  Ave.,  Roxbury. 

In  early  life  Freeman  French  was  a  shoemaker  by  occupation 
and  had  a  small  shop  between  Oakham  and  Coldbrook.  He  was 
Captain  of  the  Oakham  Military  Company.  Afterwards  he 
removed  to  Philadelphia,  where  he  and  his  son  Charles  Davis  were 
members  of  the  firm  of  French,  Schober  &  Co.,  manufacturers  of 
shoes,  436  Market  St.  and  431  Merchant  St.  Later  he  removed 
to  Boston.  Even  in  the  eighties  he  was  active  mentally  and 
physically,  and  regularly  attended  to  business  until  a  few  weeks 
before  his  -death  at  the  age  of  89.  Capt.  Freeman  French  died 
in  Boston,  May  29,  1894. 


i8.  Cyrus  (Asa,  Jr.,3  Lieut.  Asa,-  John,  Jr.1)  was  born  Oct. 
15,  1809,  in  Oakham,  Mass.,  the  son  of  Asa,  Jr.,  and  Hannah 
(Brimhall)  French.  His  father  deeded  land  in  Oakham  to  him 
in  1 83 1  and  he  was  living  there  in  1833,  when  he  married  Susan 
C.  Reed  of  Oakham,  on  May  16.  She  was  probably  the  daughter 
of  Benjamin  and  Betsey  Reed,  and  was  born  July  4,  181 2.  She 
died  Dec.  1,  1852,  aged  40.  Cyrus  French  and  his  wife  were  in 
East  Boston  in  1834.     He  died  in  Brookfield,  Aug.  12,  1844. 



Papers  connected  with  Asa  French's  Pension  Application 

Li  Asa  French 

I  Asa  French  now  a  resident  in  Oakham  in  the  County  of  Worcester 
and  State  of  Massachusetts  aged  ninty  one  years  old  the  28.  day  of 
October  last  past,  I  was  born  in  the  Town  of  Bartly  [Berkley]  in  the 
County  of  Bristol  in  the  State  of  Massachusetts  the  28.  day  of  October 
in  the  year  AD  1740 — my  Father  moved  into  Middelborough  in  the 
County  of  Plymouth  when  I  was  in  the  tinth  year  of  my  age  and  I 
lived  ther  till  the  year  1769  then  I  moved  into  the  town  of  Oakham  in 
the  County  of  Worester  and  State  aforesaid  where  I  now  live  and 
have  lived  ever  since  I  moved  there, — I  further  state  that  Joshua  Turner 
a  boye  about  six  years  of  his  age  was  given  to  me  by  his  mother  a  sister 
of  mine  to  bring  up  till  he  was  twenty  one  years  old,  in  the  year  one 
Thousand  seven  hundred  and  seventy  five  in  Apl  a  War  tuck  place 
betwen  old  ingland  and  the  United  States  of  America,  the  newes  came 
that  the  British  troops  had  marched  out  of  Boston  to  Lexington  and  had 
kiled  a  number  of  amaracans  and  we  wer  Colled  upon  in  Oakham,  the 
Cap1  told  me  I  must  go  or  let  my  yong  man  go  according  to  his  orders 
I  let  Joshua  Turner  go  for  eight  monthes  (about  in  Decr  the  same  year 
sum  of  the  men  wer  wanted  to  Stay  one  month  longer)  [this  sentence 
in  parenthesis  is  crossed  out  in  the  original.  H.  B.  W.]  he  enlisted  in 
Cap1  Hazeltons  Compy  in  Col0  Fellowes  Reg1  I  furnished  the  said  Turner 
with  Armes  Aquipments  Blanket  and  Cloathing  who  was  then  in  the 
ninteenth  year  of  his  age  and  he  marched  of  with  the  Compy  to  Rox- 
bury  the  town  next  to  Boston,  in  December  the  same  year  1775,  the 
same  Joshua  Turner  enlisted  in  Cap1  Barnes  Compy  in  Col0  Wards  Reg1 
for  one  Month. 

I  Asa  French  do  further  stat  that  I  was  a  Lieu1  in  Cap1  John  Crawfords 
Compy  in  Col0  James  Conveses  Reg1  in  the  month  of  September  in  the 
year  1776.  I  was  Caled  upon  by  the  Agitent  of  Col0  Conveses  Reg1  to 
march  to  Brookfield  and  Joine  Cap1  Abner  Hows  Comp.y  and  march  to 
the  State  of  New  York  according  to  orders  I  marched  through  Newhaven 
in  the  state  of  Connecticut,  to  the  State  of  New  York  in  Col0  Conveses 
Reg1,  under  the  emmediate  Command  of  Gen1  Starks,  and  was  discharged 
at  white  Planes  in  November  was  there  two  Months  and  allowed  nine 
days  to  march  home 

— 3o— 

I  also  state  in  the  month  of  Sep1  in  the  year  1777  I  was  informed 
that  Gen1  Brogoine  was  marching  through  the  Country  to  Albany  and  I 
was  informed  that  Gen1  Gates  wanted  more  men  and  Cap1  Crawford 
being  gon  to  the  Armey  for  three  monthes,  I  volenteared  and  called  for 
men  to  turn  out  and  about  twenty  of  the  most  respectable  men  in  the 
town  of  Oakham  turned  out  and  volenteared  with  me  and  marched  with 
me  through  Benington  in  the  State  of  Vermont  to  Still  Water  and  Joined 
Cap1  Cutler's  Compy  in  Col0  Stones  Reg1  in  Gen1  Felloses  Brigade,  we 
marched  of  the  14  day  of  Sep1  and  ware  dismised  at  fort  Edward  the  18 
day  of  Octr  and  ware  allowed  seven  day  to  march  home. 

I  did  not  searve  at  one  time  long-enougt  to  intitle  me  to  a  pention  in 
the  pres  t  pention  Law. 

John  Forbes 


for  Asa  French 

I  John  Forbes  of  Oakham  in  the  County  of  Worcester  and  State  of 
Massachusetts  of  lawful  age  do  testify  and  say  that  I  know  one  Asa 
French  now  of  Oakham  in  the  County  of  Worcester  and  State  of  Massa- 
chusetts and  that  I  knew  the  same  Asa  French  in  the  year  one  Thousand 
seven  hundred  and  seventy  six,  and  that  he  searved  as  the  second  Lieu4 
with  me  two  monthes  and  nine  days  in  the  Revolution.  War  in  Cap4  Abner 
Hows  Comp  y  in  Col0  James  Conveses  Reg4  in  the  State  of  New  York, 
Cap4  How  and  L4  Packard  ware  both  taken  sick  and  left  the  armey  and 
the  Command  of  said  Company  devolved  on  Lieu4  French,  further  your 
deponant  saith  not 

John  Forbes 

Worcester  Ss.     Oakham  August  18,  1832 — 

Personally  appeared  John  Forbes,  subscriber  to  the  above  declaration, 
and  made  Oath  in  due  form  of  law  to  the  truth  of  the  same,  before  me 

Skelton  Felton  Jus.  of  the  Peace. 

John  Boyd  to  A  French 

I  John  Boyd  of  Oakham  in  the  County  of  Worcester  and  State  of 
Massachusetts  of  lawful  age  do  testify  and  say  that  I  knew  one  Asa 
French  in  the  year  1770.  I  also  knew  one  Joshua  Turner  a  miner  to 
the  said  Asa  French  both  then  of  Oakham  and  state  aforesaid,  in  the 
year    1775   a  war  tuck   place   in  the  united   States   and   the   said  Joshua 


Turner  enlisted  in  Cap1  Hazelton  Compy  in  Col0  Fellowes  Reg*  for 
eight  months  and  marched  to  Roxbury  and  there  searved  eight  monthes. 
for  the  aforesaid  Asa  French — in  Sep1  1777  we  received  newes  that  Gen1 
Bruguine  was  marching  throug  the  Cuntry  there  was  a  call  for  men 
Asa  French  then  being  Lieu1  Volentered  and  a  number  of  other  with 
him  and  marched  with  him  to  Saratoga. 

John  Boyd. 

Worcester  Ss.     Oakham  August  15,  1832 

Personally  appeared   John    Boyd    Subscriber   to   the   above   declaration 
and  made  Oath  in  due  form  of  law  to  the  truth  of  the  same — before  me — 

Skelton  Felton  Jus.  of  the,  Peace 
Wm  Coldzvell  for  Asa  French 

I  William  Caldwell  of  Oakham  in  the  County  of  Worcester  and  State 
of  Massachusetts  of  lawful  age  do  testify  and  say  that  I  knew  one  Asa 
French  in  the  year  1770  I  also  knew  one  Joshua  Turner  a  miner  under 
the  said  Asa  French  both  then  of  Oakham  and  state  aforesaid  in  the 
year  1775.  a  War  tuck  place  in  the  United  States  and  the  said  Joshua 
Turner  enlisted  in  Cap*  Hazeltons  Compy  in  Col0  Fellowses  Reg1  for 
eight  monthes  and  marched  to  Roxbury  and  searved  eight  monthes  for 
Asa  French — in  the  year  1776,  I  further  state  that  I  knew  the  same 
Asa  French  then  a  Lieu*,  to  searve  two  month  and  nine  dayes  in  Cap* 
Hows.  Compy.  in  Col0  Conveses  Reg*  in  the  Revolution  War  in  the 
State  of  New  York — I  further  state  that  in  the  month  of  Sep*  1777. 
we  received  newes  that  Gen1  Burgoin  was  marching  through  the  Cuntry 
there  was  a  call  for  men  Asa  French  then  being  Lieu*  Volentered  and  a 
number  of  others  with  him  and  marched  with  him  to  Sarratoga. 

William  Caldwell 

Worcester  Ss.     Oakham  August  18,  1832. — 

Personally  appeared  William  Caldwell,  Subscriber  to  the  above  declara- 
tion,   and   made    Oath   in   due    form   of   law,   to   the   truth   of    the   same, 

before  me — 

Skelton  Felton  Jus.  of  the  Peace. 


Family  Records 

The  Genealogy  of  John  &  Mercy  French's  Family 
[In  the  possession  of  Miss  Mary  A.  French,  North  Brookfield,  Mass.] 

Haden  Shaw  born 
Patty  Fitch  was  born 

Rhoda  was  born 
Hannah  was  born 
Betsy  was  born 
Nancy  was  born 
Isaac  was  born 
Philena  was  born 
Abigail  was  born 
Sarah  was  born 
Sarah  E.  was  born 

John  cV  Betsy's  Family.     Births 

Ann  Smith  born  April  22,  1806 

Mary  Caldwell  born  May  4,  1810 
Erastus  Shaw  born  Jan  7,  1808 
Anson  Hadon  born     Aug.     6,  1813 





































John  French  [the  elder].     Died  Aug 

5,  1794    Aged  94- 

Haden  F. 
John  F. 

Died  July 
Died  Sept. 

18,  1787 
12,  1824 

Aged  47 
Aged  86 


Philena  Lyon 
Rhoda  Green 

Died  Nov 

Dyed  Oct 

4,  1783 
8,   1820 
6,   1826 

5.  1829 

Age  2 
Aged  45 
Ag  50 
Aged  61 

[Oct.  31,  1862 

Aged  83]  * 


Erastus  S.  French  Sept.  11, 


Letter  of  Mary  C.  French 

[In  the  possession  of  Mrs.  Martha  H.  Raymond,  Westboro,  Mass.] 

"Isaac  French  was  born  in  Middleboro,  Mass,  came  to  Oakham  and  died 
there  in  1826  .  .  .  They  all  came  up  from  Middleboro.  I  have  been 
to  the  spot  where  my  mother  Betsey  was  born  and  I  suppose  the  other 
members  of  the  family  were  born  there." 

Col.  Samuel  French's  Family  Record 

[From  the  Bible  of  Polly  (Ruggles)  French,  now  in  the  possession  of 
Mrs.  Mary  A.  Owen,  Claremont,  N.  H.] 


Mr  Samuel  French  Miss 
Mary  Ruggles  were  Mar- 
ried 17th  July  1795 

Lyndon  S.  French  and 
Miss  Anna  E.  Farnham 
Married  26.  March  1820 



Samuel    French,    Born    3d 



28  Sept. 



Mary    Ruggles    his    wife 



19  Oct. 


nth  Dec.  1769 

Their  Children. 

Lyndon  Smith          17  Sept 



10  July 


Alvah  Ruggles          7  April 



Aug.  9. 


Marv  Spooner            6  April 



8  July 


Anna  Adeline            7  April 



28  July 


Asa  Leander              4  Oct. 



14  Feb. 


Samuel  Franklin     29  Jan 



29  May 


Fordyce  Spooner    3.  Jan 



26      " 


Crighton  Brewer     8.  Sept 




*  Dates  in  brackets  are  by  a  later  hand. 


Statement  of  Bathsheba   {French)  Moulton,  daughter  of  Asa  French 

[Taken  down  by  Fordyce  S.  French  on  a  trip  to  Oakham  about  i860] 

My  father  named  Asa  was  born  in  Berkley  and  moved  to  Middlebury 
and  from  there  to  Oakham;  and  when  my  Grand  Father  John  was  90 
years  old  my  Father  brought  him  from  Middlebury  to  Oakham  and  he 
died  in  his  94th  year.  My  Father  was  in  his  92nd  year  when  he  died. 
I  am  the  6th  generation  from  england  on  my  mother  Smith's  side.     My 

ancestor  came  over  from  England  in  the  ship ,  the  next  June  after 

the  Mayflower  being  the  first  vessel  that  succeeded  her.  Motto  on  the 
gold  ring  that  came  over  in  the  second  ship  from  the  Mayflower  now  in 
the  possession  of  Ann  Smith  French,  West  Brookfield,  Mass :  Death  is 
Myne ;    My  hart  is  thyne. 



Abell,  Lucy - 20 

Baker,  Elvira  (Eastman)  22 

Oliver  22 

Sarah  W 22 

Baldwin,  Caroline 24 

Bangs,  Thankful 12 

Barden,  Azubah  (French)   7 

Ebenezer   7 

Bell,  Anna 21 

Henry  H 21 

Katherine   (French)    21 

Lucy   20 

Bellows,  Alvah  H 15 

Eliza  (French)    15 

Hannah  D 26 

Horace  15 

Jonas    27 

Maria  W 15 

Sally  B 27 

Berry,  Isaac  8 

Joseph    8 

Nancy   (French)   8 

Woodward    8 

Blood,  Maria  (Bellows)    15 

Otis  H 15 

Boardman,  Abigail   (Hazen)    ...  24 

Eliza  Ann  J 24 

John 24 

Brakenridge,    Ann     (Cummings)  16 

Mary  Ann 16 

William  S 16 

Brewer,  Samuel 11 

Samuel  Snow 11 

Susanna  (French)   11 

Bridges,  Sally   27 

Brimhall,  Eunice   (Humphrey)..  15 

Hannah    15 

Jonas 15 

Samuel   15 

Brock,  Mabel  L 23 

Brown,  Elizabeth  H 20 


Buffington,  Anna 21 

Carpenter,  Helen  (French)    ....  23 

J.  W.  D 23 

Cummings,  Anna   16 

Curtis,  Amelia  M 22 

Cutler,  Adaline  B 20 

Alice  M 20 

Allen  B 20 

Elizabeth  C 20 

Emily   (French)    20 

Lucy  A 20 

Mary  E 20 

Davenport,  Anna  M 27 

Davis,  Catherine  12 

Katherine   (French)    12 

Samuel  12 

Dean,  Julia  17 

Eastman,  Elvira   22 

Emerson,  Nancy  E 20 

Farnham,  Aaron  19 

Annie  E 19,  32 

Florella  (Strong)   19 

Farris,  Mary  J 17 

Fitch,  Patty   10 

Foster,  Elizabeth    5 

Experience   5»  6 

Thomas  5>  6 

French,  Aaron   20,  21 

Abigail    8,  32 

Abigail  (d.  of  John  of  Taun- 
ton)     6 

Abigail  (Stone)  12 

Adaline 20 

Adaline  (Sadlier)  23 

Agnes  M 18 

Albert  23 

Albert  E 20 

Alexander  C 18 

Alice   (Linfield)    26 

Alvah  B 27 

Alvah  [J.]  20 



French,  Alvah  R 14,  22,  32 

Alvar  R.  (s.  of  C.  B.)   25 

Alvah  S 27 

Amelia  (Curtis)    22 

Ann  M 16 

Ann  (Parker)    16 

Ann  S 14,  32,  33 

Anna  A 14,  32 

Anna  (Buffington) 21 

Anna  (Coates)    16 

Anna  (Davenport)  27 

Anne  (Smith)   10 

Annie   (Farnham)    ,19 

Anson  H 14,  25,  26,  32 

Arthur  R 20 

Asa    (Lieut.)    4,  7,  8,  10,  11,  12, 

29,  30,  31,  33 

Asa,  Jr 11,  15 

Asa  L 14,  22,  23,  32 

Asa  L.  (s.  of  C  W.)    23 

Augustus  F 20 

Augustus  F.,  Jr 20 

Azubah  7 

Bathsheba  11,  33 

Bell    (Justice)    18 

Bessie  (Lambkin) 21 

Betsey 8,  14,  32 

Betsey  (French)    8,  14 

Caroline   (Baldwin)   24 

Caroline  D 13 

Caroline  M 25 

Catherine  D.  (d.  of  Isaac)  . .     13 
Catherine  D.  (d.  of  Charles)     16 

Catherine  (Davis)    12 

Charles   13,  15,  16,  17 

Charles  Anson  26 

Charles  Asa   23 

Charles  D 27 

Charles  E 16 

Charles  F 27 

Charles  H 27 

Charles  Henry  17 

Charles  M 21 

Charles  Walter   23 

Charles  Wright   23 

Chester  20 


French,  Clara  P 16 

Clyde 20 

Courtney  A 20 

Crighton  B.   (s.  of  Samuel)     14, 

24,  25,  32 
Crighton  B.  (s.  of  preceding)  25 
Crighton   B.    (s.   of   Lyndon 

S.)    21 

Crighton    B.    (s.   of    Charles 

M.)    21 

Cyrus  15,  28 

David    20 

Ebenezer    6 

Edith  E 21 

Edward    23 

Edwin    13,  17,  18,  19 

Edwin  L 18 

Eliza  15 

Eliza    (Boardman)   24 

Elizabeth     (w.    of    John    of 

Taunton)     6 

Elizabeth  (d.  of  above)    ....       6 
Elizabeth  (d.  of  Joseph)   ...       6 

Elizabeth  (Brown)  20 

Elizabeth   (Sherman)    16 

Emily    20 

Erastus  S 14,  32 

Esther  (Hathaway)    17,  19 

Evelyn    20 

Evelyn  Frank 20 

Evelyn  French  20 

Experience    6 

Experience   (Foster)   5,6 

Fannie  T 27 

Fannie  (Young)   25 

Florence  M 27 

Fordyce  R 25 

Fordyce  S 14,  23,  24,  32,  33 

Frances    21 

Frank  C 20 

Frank  0 23 

Freddie    20 

Frederick  L 21 

Freeman 15,  26,  27 

George  F 27 

George  F.,  Jr 27 



French,  Gertrude 21 

Grace  E 26 

Hannah     (w.     of     John     of 

Taunton)   6,  7 

Hannah  (d.  of  above)  6 

Hannah   (Bellows)   26 

Hannah  (Brimhall)   15 

Hannah  H 8,  32 

Hannah  ( Sawyer)    20 

Harriet   (Plastridge)    23 

Harry  B 21 

Hayden  (Shaw)    8,  9,  32 

Helen  M 23 

Henry    22,  23 

Henry  (s.  of  C.  B.)   25 

Henry  D.  (s.  of  A.  R.)    22 

Henry  Dwight  21 

Hopestill    7 

Horatio  J 20 

Horatio  L 20 

Ida  (Haring)  21 

Inez  21 

Isaac  8,  10,  12,  13,  32 

Israel  6 

Jacob 6 

James  C 25 

Jane  (Mackintosh)  25 

Jane  S 27 

Jennie   23 

Jennie  (Porter)  21 

Jennie  W 23 

Jessie  B 21 

Jessie   (Williams)    23 

Joanna   5 

John  of  Cambridge  4,  5,  7 

John  (s.  of  above)  5 

John  of  Taunton 6 

John  (s.  of  L.  S.)  21 

John,  Jr 4,  6,  7,  32,  33 

John,  3d  4,  7,  8,  9,  32 

John,  4th  ..8,  11,  14,  15 

John  B 24 

John  E 26 

Jo  (Nathan)  6 

Joseph  (s.  of  John  of  Cam- 
bridge)   4,  5,  6 


French,  Joseph   (s.  of  Joseph,  d. 

young)    6 

Joseph,  Jr 6 

Joseph  L 25 

Julia  C 18 

Julia  H 20 

Julia  M 27 

Katherine 21 

Laura  E 23 

Laura  (Wright)    22 

Lillian  L 21 

Lillian  Margaret  20 

Lillie  Maria 26 

Lucia   (Waite)   23 

Lucy  ( Abell)    20 

Lucy  (Bell)    20 

Lucy  Ann  B 16 

Lucretia   (Titcomb)   27 

Luthera  (Lamb)   25 

Lydia 7 

Lyndon  (s.  of  Aaron)    21 

Lyndon    S.    14,  19,  20,  21,  22,  32 

Lynward    21 

Mabel  (Brock)   23 

Madeline  J 26 

Marcy    7,  32 

Marian  (Smith)    26 

Martha  E 16 

Martha  (Hazen)  24 

Martha  (Sawyer)  20 

Mary  5 

Mary  A 23 

Mary  Abigail  24 

Mary  Ann    26,  32 

Mary  (Brakenridge)   16 

Mary  C 14  32 

Mary  Elizabeth 

(d.  of  Charles)  16 
Mary  Elizabeth  (d.  of  Alvah 

B.)   27 

Mary  Ella  18 

Mary  Esther  16 

Mary  (Farris)  17 

Mary  (Nevins)  16 

Mary  (Rhodes)  18 

Mary  (Ruggles)  23 



French,  Mary    (Sanford)    27 

Mary   (Spooner)    14,  32 

Mary   (Waite)    21 

Mercy    7-  Jo 

Minnie    21 

Monona  (Howell)    20 

Myrtle 20 

Nabby  8 

Nancy 8,  32 

Nancy  D 13 

Nancy  (Emerson)    20 

Nathan — see  Jonathan 
Nathaniel     (s.    of    John    of 

Cambridge)     4,  5 

Nathaniel  (s.  of  Joseph)    ...       6 

Patty  (Fitch)    10,  32 

Philena  8,  9,  32 

Polly  (Ruggles)  13,  32 

Prudence  (Head)  23 

Rachel 6 

Rhoda   8,  32 

Rhode  7 

Robert  M 21 

Robert  S 25 

Samuel  (s.  of  John  of  Taun- 
ton)          6 

Samuel    11,  13.  14,  32 

Samuel  Farnham    20 

Samuel  Franklin  14,  23,  32 

Sara 21 

Sarah   (w.  of  John  of  Cam- 
bridge)           5 

Sarah  (d.  of  above)    5 

Sarah   (d.  of  Joseph)    6 

Sarah  (d.  of  John,  3d)    ...9,  32 

Sarah  (Baker)    22 

Sarah  E 9,  32 

Sarah   (Ireland)    20 

Scott    21 

Silence    6 

Solomon  A 22 

Susan  A 27 

Susan  (Reed)    28 

Susan   (Rohan)    27 

Susan   (Schober)    27 

Susanna  11 


French,  Thankful  (Thrasher)    ..  12 

Thomas  of  Stanstead  Hall..  4 
Thomas     (s.    of    Joseph,    d. 

young)    6 

Thomas  (s.  of  Joseph)  6 

Thomas  of  Oakham 8  note 

Walter  E 20 

Walter  F 23 

Wilbur  D 18 

William  of  Billerica   4,  5 

William  E 26 

William  H 23 

Winifred  F 21 

Garfield,  John  F 24 

John  P 24 

Julia  (Owen)   24 

Owen  R 24 

Gaven.  Hopestill  (French)    7 

Rowland    7 

Gilbert.  Abigail  (French)    8,  9 

Alvah  L 9 

Arunah  8 

Franklin  E 8 

Ira  W 9 

Isaac  B 9 

John  F 8 

Joseph  D 9 

Linus  S 8 

Lyman  W 8 

Nabby   (French)   8 

Goodale,  Catherine   (French)   ...  12 

Enoch  12 

Green,  Benjamin   8,  10 

Rhoda  (French)    8 

Haring,  Ida 21 

Hathaway,  Esther 17 

Josiah   17 

Julia  (Dean)    17 

Hazen,  Abigail 24 

Martha  24 

Head,  Prudence  23 

Henry,  Charles  S 13 

Ellen  M 13 

Frank  F 13 

Martha  E 13 

Mary  C 13 


Henry,  Nancy  (French)   13 

Samuel  G 13 

Howell,  Monona  20 

Humphrey,  Eunice  15 

Ireland,  Sarah  A.  T 20 

Jardine,  Jane  25 

Joslyn,  Alice 26 

Justice,  Bell   18 

Kent,  Charles  M 27 

Fannie  (French)  27 

Lamb,  Luthera  S 25 

Polly  26 

Zura    26 

Lambkin,  Bessie  M 21 

Howard   21 

Katherine    21 

Leedom,  Agnes  (French)    18 

William  S 18 

Linfield,  Adelbert  26 

Alice   26 

Alice  (Joslyn)   26 

Lyon,  Alvin   8,  9 

Philena  (French)   8 

Robert    8 

Sarah   (French)    9 

Mackintosh,  Jane  25 

Macullar,  Alice  M 27 

Charles  E 27 

Edmund  P 27 

Jane  (French)  27 

Martha  J 27 

William  F 27 

Moulton,  Bathsheba   (French)    11,  32 

Daniel  " 

Myler,  Frances   (French)    21 

W.  B 21 

Nevins,  Mary 16 

Owen,  Julia  F 24 

Mary  (French)    24,32 

Oscar  D 24 

Parker,  Ann  A 16 

Phillips,  Elizabeth  (French)   6 

James  6 

Plastridge,  Amasa 23 

Harriet  23 

Porter,  Jennie   21 


Raymond,  George  H 13 

Martha  (Henry)    13,  32 

Read,  Benjamin 28 

Betsey  28 

Susan  C 28 

Rhodes,  Mary 18 

Richardson,  Mary  (French)   5 

Theophilus 5 

Ripley,  Hannah  (French)   8 

Zenas    8 

Ruggles,  Mr 8 

Edward    13 

Lucy  (Spooner)    13 

Mary — see  Polly 

Polly  13 

Timothy  13 

Sadlier,  Adaline    23 

Sanford,  Bathsheba  (French)    ..  11 

Mary  E 27 

Philo  11 

Sawyer,  Hannah  J 20 

Martha   20 

Schober,  Susan  E 27 

Shaw,  Hayden  8 

Lydia    8  note 

Sherman,  Elizabeth  W 16 

Smith,  Anne   10,  33 

Caroline   26 

Charles  26 

Katherine    12 

Marian  M 26 

Susannah — see  Anne 

Spooner,  Lucy 13 

Stone,  Abigail   12 

Adaline  (French)   20 

L.  H 20 

Strong,  Florella 19 

Thrasher,  Thankful  (Bangs)   ...  12 

William    12 

Thompson,  Charles  G 26 

Elida  R 26 

Lillie  (French)    26 

Mildred  E 26 

Titcomb,  Lucretia  H 27 

Treubeth,  Arthur  F 25 

Caroline  (French)   25 



Treubeth,  Edith  M 25 

Frank   25 

Grace    25 

Richard  H 25 

Trull,  Sarah  (French)    5 

Turner,  Joseph   7 

Joshua   7,  10,  11,  29 

Mercy  (French)   7 

Vrooman,  Charles  E 18 

Julia   (French)    18 

Waite,  Lucia 23 

Mary  21 

Warner,  Charles  H 13 


Warner,  Ellen  (Henry)    13 

George  M 13 

William  R 13 

Welton,  D.  W 21 

Gertrude   (French)    21 

Williams,  Abigail  (Stone)    ..12  note 

Jessie    23 

Wright,  Ashbel  22 

Laura   22 

Young,  Fannie  J 25 

James   25 

Jane   ( Jardine)    25 



Henry  P.  Wright New  Haven,  Conn. 

Vice  President 
Mrs.  Maria  T.  Rugg Oakham,  Mass. 

Henry  B.  Wright New  Haven,  Conn. 

Treasurer  and  Curator 
Charles  M.  Packard Westboro,  Mass. 


Charlotte  Adams   Oakham,  Mass. 

*Mrs.  James  C.  Allen    Coldbrook  Springs,  Mass. 

Jesse  Allen    Oakham,  Mass. 

Wayland  Angier    Oakham,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Wayland  Angier    Oakham,  Mass. 

Addison  C.  Angus    Ossining,  N.  Y. 

Kate  M.  Ayres    Oakham,  Mass. 

Ezra  D.  Batcheller  North  Brookfield,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Sarah  C.  Batcheller    North  Brookfield,  Mass. 

*  Deceased. 


*Avery  C.  Bullard   Oakham,  Mass. 

*Mrs.  Avery  C.  Bullard    Oakham,  Mass. 

Laura  G.  Burt  Oakham,  Mass. 

♦William  A.  Burt    Oakham,  Mass. 

Sara  E.  Butler    Oakham,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Minnie  M.  Chase    Maiden,  Mass. 

Albert  Conant   Worcester,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Eleanor  McFarland  Copeland    Burlington,  Iowa. 

John  G.  Crawford    Manchester,  N.  H. 

William  S.  Crawford   Oakham,  Mass. 

Lewis  W.  Davis    Barre,  Mass. 

Daniel  H.  Dean  Cambridge,  Mass. 

Gardner  M.  Dean    Oakham,  Mass. 

Henry  E.  Dean   Worcester,  Mass. 

Oliver  M.  Dean    Worcester,  Mass. 

Emily  K.  Fobes    Worcester,  Mass. 

William  A.  Fobes    Worcester,  Mass. 

William  Gaffney     Oakham,  Mass. 

Edwin  S.  Gould    Providence,  R.  I. 

*Amory  J.  Holden Oakham,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Blanche  Packard  Hunt  Barre,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Helene  E.  Jackson    Maiden,  Mass, 

Catherine  McFarland   Burlington,  Iowa. 

John  McFarland    Burlington,  Iowa. 

Richard  McFarland    Burlington,  Iowa. 

William  McFarland    Dickinson,  North  Dakota. 

William  F.  McFarland    Burlington,  Iowa. 

Mrs.  William  F.  McFarland    Burlington,  Iowa. 

Frank  P.  Macomber   Worcester,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Martha  A.  Malcolm   Oakham,  Mass. 

Charles  M.  Packard   Westboro,  Mass. 

F.  Kimball  Packard   Barre,  Mass. 

N.  Wendell  Packard    Westboro,  Mass. 

Mrs.  N.  Wendell  Packard    Westboro,  Mass. 

Harry  B.  Parker   Coldbrook  Springs,  Mass. 

G.  Phillips Oakham,  England. 

Mrs.  H.  L.  Pierce    Barre,  Mass. 

Bert  S.  Reed   Oakham,  Mass. 

*Sumner  Reed  Oakham,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Maria  T.  Rugg    Oakham,  Mass. 

S.  M.  Sargeant   Worcester,  Mass. 

Mrs.  S.  M.  Sargeant  Worcester,  Mass. 

Curtis  E.  Spooner    Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Mrs.  Ellen  M.  Tottingham  Oakham,  Mass. 

Charles  H.  Trowbridge  Oakham,  Mass. 

*  Deceased. 


Mrs.  Charles  H.  Trowbridge  Oakham,  Mass. 

Mrs.  Kate  B.  Wilkinson  Springfield,  Mass. 

♦Alfred  P.  Wright    New  Haven,  Conn. 

Alice  L.  Wright    New  Haven,  Conn. 

Ellsworth  Wright   New  Haven,  Conn. 

Henry  B.  Wright    New  Haven,  Conn. 

Henry  P.  Wright   New  Haven,  Conn. 

Mrs.  Henry  P.  Wright  New  Haven,  Conn. 

*  Deceased. 

The  publications  of  the  Oakham  Historical  Society  are  sent  free  to  all 
its  members.  The  fee  for  life  membership  is  $1.00.  Applications  for 
membership  should  be  sent  to  the  secretary. 

Soldiers  of  Oakham,  Massachusetts 


Formerly  Dean  of  Yale  College 

This  book  gives  the  military  record  of  all  soldiers  from  Oakham  who 
served  in  the  Revolutionary  War.  in  the  War  of  1812,  and  in  the  Civil 
War,  with  the  family  history  of  each,  and  the  authorities  on  which  the 
histories  are  based.     Among  the   families  represented  are  the   following: 

Allen,  Adams,  Bassctt,  Bell.  Berry,  Black.  Blair,  Bolton.  Bothwell,  Boyd, 
Brown.  Bullard.  Butler,  Caldwell,  Chaddock,  Conant,  Crawford,  Dean, 
Dunbar.  Edson,  Fairbank,  Field,  Forbes.  Foster.  French,  Gould,  Green, 
Harper,  Haskell,  Hayden,  Henderson,  Howell,  Hudson,  Johnson,  Joslyn, 
Kimball.  Knight.  Lincoln,  Lovell,  Macomber,  McFarland,  Maynard,  Nye, 
Packard,  Parker,  Parmcntcr,  Partridge,  Perkins,  Razvsou,  Reed.  Robinson, 
Sargeant,  Shaw.  Spooner.  Stone.  Walker,  Ware.  Warren,  Washburn. 
Waterman,  White,  Wilbur,  Wilson,  Wood.  Woodis,  Wright. 

The  newly  discovered  Pay  Roll  of  Captain  How's  company,  which  was 
in  service  in  New  York  in  September  and  November,  1776,  containing  ten 
new  names  of  Massachusetts  soldiers  in  the  Revolutionary  War,  is  here 
printed  for  the  first  time. 

An  account  is  also  given  of  William  O'Brien,  George  Perkins,  and 
George  Walls,  three  British  soldiers  who  escaped  from  General  Burgoyne's 
captured  troops  while  prisoners  at  Rutland,  lived  for  a  time  in  Oakham, 
and  later  enlisted  in  the  Continental  Army. 

Three  hundred  and  twenty-five  pages,  octavo,  with  Index,  bound  in  full 
cloth.  Price  $2.50,  sent  by  mail,  postage  prepaid,  on  receipt  of  the  price, 
by  the  Publishers 

The  Tuttle,  Morehouse  &  Taylor  Company 




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